KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Wednesday directed the industries department to start infrastructure reconstruction in four different industrial areas of the city within twenty days for which the provincial government has released around Rs1 billion.
The chief minister was presiding over a meeting of the office bearers of four different industrial areas including Mr. Sadiq CEO North Karachi Industrial Dev. and Management Company, Mr. Rehan Zeeshan CEO FITE Dev. and Management Company F.B. Area, Mr. Zubair Chhaya CEO KITE Dev. and Management Company Landhi Industries Area, and Mr. Islamuddin Zaffar CEO LITE Dev. and Management Company Korangi.
The meeting was also attended by Mr. Zaid Bashir (Patron-in-Chief) Landhi Association, Mr. Ferroze Alam Lari (Patron-in-Chief) F.B. Area Association, Mr. S.M. Muneer (Patron-in-Chief) Korangi Association, Capt. A Moiz Khan (Patron-in-Chief) North Karachi Association, and Mr. Sohail Illahi Chairman Industrial Relationship KATI.
The chief minister said that during the last financial year he had released Rs100 million for the infrastructure of the four industrial areas, NKI, FITE, KITE and LITE.
However, CM Sindh said that the work could not be started due to several reasons. He added that funds were given to Sindh Industrial Infrastructure Development Board (SIIDB) to develop infrastructure within shortest possible time which was not achieved.
It may be noted that the provincial government is developing infrastructure of North Karachi Industrial area for RS573.41 million, and Rs380 million for FITE, Rs274.889 million for KITE, and Rs530 million for LITE.
There are over twenty schemes costing Rs1.759 billion against which the provincial government has released Rs100 million and another tranche of Rs829.642 million was released in September.
CM Sindh constituted a committee under Commissioner Karachi to monitor the quality and pace of work and keep their accounts audited and report to the government. The committee will include representatives from Planning and Development, Finance and Industry departments and concerned deputy commissioners.