Sharjeel for completing K-4 project feasibility report

September 10, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: The feasibility report of Rs 25.5 billion K-4 project conceived to provide 260 MGD water in first phase to Karachi must be completed within a week so that necessary measure could be taken to initiate the project.

These directives were issued by Minister for Information and Local Government Sharjeel Inam Memon to the consultant of the K-4 project M/s Usman and Co while presiding over a high level meeting at his office.

The meeting was attended by Chief Minister’s Advisor on Finance Syed Murad Ali Shah, Project Director K-4 Misbahudin and other senior officers of Finance, Planning & Development Department, Local Government Department. The Dean of NED University Prof Sarosh Hashmat Lodhi also attended the meeting.

The consultant briefing the meeting said that the original project, K-4 was aimed at providing 520 MGD water to Karachi in 2nd phase. In the first phase, 124 kilometer-long-canal would be constructed from Keenjhar to Karachi via Jhung Shahi to provide water to the city.

Murad Ali Shah directed the consultant to make a shortest route of the canal so that cost of the project could be rationalized. On this the consultant said that the route of the canal was planned after comprehensive consultation and survey.

Memon who is also chairman of Karachi Water & Sewerage Board said that the project was already facing unnecessary delay. “PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari has given clear instructions to start the project at the earliest,” he said and added: “I want you to complete feasibility within a week so that further action can be taken.”

The local government minister said that the project had been conceived according to the next 30 to 40 years population growth of the city. “The project would be good enough to provide water to the Karachiites till next 40 years and accordingly drainage system would also be developed,” he concluded.

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