Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Pakistan: PM Khan announces Rs 162 billion mega development project for Metropolis


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at wnobserver.com

Aiming to bring Karachi in the line of developed cities, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday announced special development package of Rs162 billion for Metropolis.

The prime minister said it includes ten projects related to public transportation and seven to sewerage system.

He stressed that Pakistan’s prosperity is contingent upon the development of Karachi. Karachi’s development was the responsibility of the Sindh government but unfortunately, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) that came to power after winning elections from the interior of Sindh didn’t take care of the port city, he lamented.

What’s in Rs 162 billion mega project?

Besides revamping sewerage system in Karachi, dedicated amount will be spent on widening of Club Road, with the help of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, owner of State Guest House and also part of Abdullah Haroon Road up to Hoshing Road Intersection, with the help of Sindh Club and other property holders.

Construction of multi-level Flyover at Kharadar Road, Jinnah Bridge and ICI Bridge intersection. Development / opening of Central Public Park for the residents of Liaquatabad, Federal B. Area, Nazimabad, North Nazimabad and other adjoining localities on the available huge open space / land with FC Area.

Expressway (at least 300 feet wide with service roads) from Clifton to T-Junction Hawkesbay (along seashore behind Machhar Colony, Salt Zone, avoiding Mauripur Road and Hawkesbay Truck Stand) as an important link to Northern Bypass and M-9, as a 200 feet wide road is available in Hawkesbay Scheme from T.Junction upto SUPARCO near RCD Highway. Construction of link between SUPARCO upto Police Headquarters District Centre (North Karachi) through Orangi Hills and Halkani Scheme, will help connect M-9 Karachi – Hyderabad Motorway, as a double road from Police Headquarters to Saba Cinema North Karachi, already available.

Southern By-Pass, an important requirement to connect Karachi Port with Port Qasim and Karachi (Malir) Expressway. Construction of atleast 400 feet wide road with service roads, couple of kilometers (from seawall) inside sea from Block-1 Clifton to Korangi Creek and approach Port Qasim by constructing the Doxiadis originally planned 20000 Road along seashore or re-construction of existing 18000 Road (one track encroached).

Construction of Over-Pass starting from Khatoon Pakistan College up to Old Sabzi Mandi through boundary line of Aga Khan and Liaquat National Hospitals and over-passing Al-Hilal Society (streets), to provide an important additional link for SITE Industrial Area through existing road (Sindhi Hotel, Dakhana, Rizvia, Bara Board).

Construction / Development of two Metropolitan Bus Terminus on Federal Government properties available in District East and District West.

Construction of at least six multi-storied Parking Stations on the available Federal Government properties in Saddar, Old Pakistan Secretariat at the intersection of Sarwar Shaheed Road / Abdullah Haroon Road, Merewether Tower, Pakistan Stock Exchange (Railways), KPT / Custom Office area, Chaneser Goth Railway Station area on Shahrah e Faisal side.

The prime minister said a campaign would have to be launched to preserve water in Karachi, regretting that no heed was paid to preservation of water in the past. “What we can do as of now is to launch a water preservation campaign.”

He said if one takes bird’s eye view of Karachi, it looks a heap of concrete and stressed the need for working out a master plan of Karachi.

PM Khan said it becomes increasingly difficult for a government to keep up with the basic needs of the fast-growing urban sprawl. Karachi would see development once it’s sprawl will be contained, he said.

Until Karachi’s master plan is made, the government will mull over ways of how to controls things, the prime minister said, adding vertical construction should be carried out in the city, except the areas close to the airport.

He announced that the federal government would construct a university in Hyderabad, besides providing two mobile hospitals and four ambulances to Tharparkar.

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