KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Monday presided over a meeting to review some schemes of Karachi Package which were delayed for one or the other reasons.
The meeting was attended by Chairman P&D Mohammad Waseem, Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput, Secretary Finance Hassan Naqvi, Project Director Karachi Package Niaz Soomro and Engineer Karachi Package Khalid Masroor.
Expressing his displeasure, he has directed the project director Karachi Package to expedite construction of U-turn on Shahrah-e-Faisal, otherwise he would take strict action, he warned.
The chief minister of Sindh said that the work on the construction of U-Turn at Nathakhan Bridge had not been taken up so far. As a result, traffic jam at that area had become order of the day, he said.
“Do you have any idea how much problems people in the area are facing,” he asked and directed the Mohammad Waseem to visit the area along with the PD and engineer of the project and get the work started.
It may be noted that the chief minister has already released Rs214.466 million for construction of U-Turn and other works. “When I have released you funds why the work has been delayed,” he asked and sent his team led by the chairman P&D to see the situation and report him.
The chief minister also said that the underpass at Submarine Chowrangi had not been completed so far. “I want to open its one track on December 15 and on the same day would perform stone lying ceremony of flyover at Sunset Boulevard,” he said adding that the work on Sunset Boulevard flyover must be completed within three months of the start of the work.
“Those who cannot follow my deadline [for completion of works] should find out work for them somewhere else,” he said warning that “I am a professional engineer and would complete the leftover work personally.”
He directed the Local Government Department to maintain the beauty of Shahrah-e-Faisal by planting more plants, law and other greenery. “Shahra-e-Faisal is the face of the city and it must be beautiful, neat and clean and illuminated,” he said.
Principal Secretary Sohial Rajput told the CM that he had held a meeting with some architects for face uplifting of the areas falling in front of Jinnah Terminal on Shahrah-e-Faisal. “The architects would start beautification work within 10 days,” he said.
On this Murad Ali Shah said that the areas of flyover on Shahrah-e-Faisal at Jinnah Terminal and the apartments along the road must be made worth looking. “When any person come down from the airport he must feel the beauty of the city,” he said.
Old City Areas
The CM directed the PD Karachi Package to start survey of the roads of old city of Lyari such as Lee Market, Mitha Dar, Khara Dar, Jhuna Market, Cheel Chowk, Kalakot and other areas and “I am allocating Rs600 million for the reconstruction of the roads,” he said and further directed the PD to reconstruct their drainage system also.
He also directed the PD to reconstruct the roads leading to Jamaat Khana at Kharadar.
“These areas should be also be uplifted with reconstruction and renovation of different structure lying there.
“I would review the progress of the works I have decided to take up today,” he said.