Islamabad: Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan on Saturday announced a financial package worth PKR 1.1 trillion for Karachi’s transformation — with the funds aimed at resolving the city’s chronic municipal and infrastructural issues, according to news sources.
PM Khan unveiled the package during a press conference that also included Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Murad Ali Shah and Governor Imran Ismail. The premier took the opportunity to state that the provincial and federal governments would jointly be contributing to the PKR 1.1 trillion package. He added that the project to transform the city would be implemented under the CM, through the Provincial Coordination Implementation Committee (PCIC).
Under this new package, the following issues facing the metropolis will be tackled at once
- The federal and provincial government will first tackle the issues pertaining to the city’s water supply — with both working on the Greater Karachi Water Supply Scheme, also called the K-IV.
- The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is already working on resolving the issues related to encroachments hindering the city’s nullahs — with the Sindh government expected to resettle displaced individuals under this campaign.
- A proper mechanism is expected to be devised to solve the problems related to the city’s sewerage system and solid waste disposal system.
- The PM further announced that in order to resolve the city’s transportation issues once and for all, the authorities concerned would start working on developing the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR), roads for the BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) system, and other similar thoroughfares.
Additionally, during this visit to the city, the PM met with a delegation of traders and businessmen. PM Khan took the opportunity to acknowledge the important role played by the business community in helping the national economy grow, and assured them that creating ease of doing business for industries was one of the government’s top priorities.