Murad performs ground-breaking of VICS Center

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said the provincial government in partnership of private sector is going to establish a state-of-art Vehicle Inspection & Certification System (VICS) in Karachi.

Addressing the ground-breaking ceremony of first VICS Center at SITE area here Wednesday, he said that vehicle fitness is a crucial component of road safety regime and an effectively implemented and enforced VICS program would play a vital role in ensuring safety of citizens and preservation of the environment.

He said that the presence of unfit vehicles on roads is not only causing environmental pollution but also contributes to road accidents.

For this purpose Transport & Mass Transit Department (TMT) had signed a ‘concession agreement’ with OPUS, a consortium, in July 2017.

Under the VICS a state of art vehicle inspection and certification complying with international standards and specification would be established. The unfit vehicles would be made off the road.

In the first phase the VICS center is being established in the city and in the second there would be separate centers in every divisional headquarter.

The chief minister said that he had held a meeting with the office-bearers of SITE Association and told them to construct the infrastructure of the SITE area. The schemes identified would cost Rs9 billion against which he has released Rs1 billion during current financial year.

Talking to the media, he said that the sweeping and cleanliness work of DMC West has been given to Sindh Solid Waste Management Board and very soon mechanical sweeping and lifting of garbage would be started there.

He said that he has released KMC budget and have given them extra funds where they are required.

On the occasion Minister for Transport & Information Nasir Shah also spoke.