Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced an Rs162 billion project for the development of the of Karachi on Saturday. The metropolitan which is the country’s economic and industrial hub, receive proposals of has 18 new projects.
On his two-visit to the metropolis, the premier announced the package after a chairing a meeting of the transformation committee in Karachi.
PM Imran Khan said, “We are allocating Rs162 billion package for Karachi under which 18 projects will be worked on.”
“The country cannot move forward till Karachi is developed. The whole country suffered because Karachi’s development was halted,” he said.
while criticizing the Sindh government, the premier said, “It was their responsibility to fix the situation in Karachi but after they emerged successful in interior Sindh, we all saw how they treated Karachi”, he further added.
Providing with the details of the announced projects, PM added, “Of the 18 projects, 10 will pertain to public transport while seven will be water projects.”
“We are all aware of the issues regarding safe drinking water projects. We will have to start a water conversation campaign in the city”.
PM Imran lamented, “When you look at Karachi it looks like a concrete slab. We will make green areas here.”
the premier also said, “There is a need to stop the city from further expanding. It becomes difficult to provide water and sewerage facilities to such an expanding city and that it is why it necessary to make a master plan for Karachi soon.”
“We will have to make decisions that Karachi does not expand beyond a specific area. Till a master plan is not complete, we will have to make interim decisions. We will have to stop many things in the city and if we don’t then the city will expand exponentially,” he added.
The prime minister also said, “We will have to curtail the city and develop the slums”, noting that the city has most of the slums.
“We have asked the Civil Aviation Authority to identify the areas surrounding the airport where high-rise buildings cannot be built other than that buildings should be built everywhere”, PM said while sharing the decision to build high-rise buildings in the port city.
“It is necessary that the plan of action drafted for Karachi enters the implementation phase. I have told the Sindh governor that we are here for any help that is needed,” he added.
PM Imran has also announced that a university will be built in Hyderabad and will be overseen by the federal government.