CM seeks committee for mega Karachi projectsAugust 6, 2014
KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah has directed the management of Planning & Development Department to conceive a comprehensive consultant committee comprising leaders of civil society, technocrats, engineers, architectures and professional personalities to design the mega development projects for Karachi.
The Chief Minister Sind also directed for construction of a beautiful monument and designing multipurpose mega development project that not to be point of attraction for the tourists and local visitors but can generate the income for its further expansion as well. This he directed while presiding over a meeting regarding implementation on the Annual Development Program (ADP), 2014-2015 and disbursement of the Ist quarter of current ADP held at CM House Karachi on Thursday.
Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister Sindh said that out of total annual development outlay of Rs 143 billion, an amount of Rs 25 billion had been released for the implementation of ongoing and new development schemes.
The Chief Minister Sindh directed the officers to release substantial amount against development scheme instead of little amount so that same could be completed within shortest possible time and menace of delay and possible price escalation could be avoided.
Shah also directed the officers to identify and implement at least one bus transit route from mass transit schemes already surveyed by JICA. Most probably orange line which is designed from Orangi Town to Matriculation Board Office Karachi. He directed the officers also to co-ordinate with the relevant management and expedite the implementation of the village electrification and gasification schemes for which sufficient funds had already been made available to the executing organization in advance.
The Chief Minister Sindh directed the officers to ensure visible development impact and efficient deliveries to the people for. Shah expressing his dissatisfaction over the disposal of sanitation and sewerage water specially at the cities and towns of rural areas, directed the officers that schemes of water supply, drainage, sanitation should be given priority. He directed that in addition to the development schemes, the special development packages, specially for the divisional headquarters, must be implemented in letter spirit. The Chief Minister Sindh also directed the P&D management to re-visit special the development package for Hyderabad city and make it more effective and funded.
Additional Chief Secretary Development Muhammad Waseem while briefing the meeting, said that out of release amount of Rs 25 billion as Ist quarter allocation, Rs. 10 billion to be expended on prioritized schemes pertaining to 12 administrative departments, including special development packages, mega flagship schemes, special initiatives, coal energy, energy expect coal and transport etc and Rs 15 billion would be spent on ongoing schemes with fixed ratio priority to 418 schemes likely to be completed by the end of this financial year.
He said that all the administrative secretaries had been advised to submit their recommendation for financing other ongoing schemes from their remaining share of allocation. Secretary Planning & Development Madam Rehana Memon and other officers from Planning & Development also attended the meeting.