Karachi: Local Government Minister Nasir Shah recently informed the Sindh Assembly of the provincial government’s plans to launch a project with the World Bank (WB)’s assistance to curb the water supply and sewerage system problems in the city, according to news sources.
The project is estimated to cost USD 100 million. Aside from assistance from the WB, the federal government will also contribute to the initiative.
Minister Shah expressed his concern over the recent incidence of urban flooding in the city, saying that recent rains were the worst in decades (200mm); but that the situation had been taken under control in a short duration.
He also said that apart from this USD 100-million project, another USD 500-million project with WB’s support is also in the pipeline to revamp the infrastructure run by the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB). Minister Shah requested the opposition parties to team with government to secure a better metropolitan infrastructure. He called upon each Member of Provincial Assembly (MPA) to be a part of government’s plans for improving water distribution in the city.