KARACHI: Administrator Karachi Dr Syed Saifur Rehman on Wednesday said that potholes on 28 major roads managed by Karachi Metropolitan Corporation’s Engineering Department should be repaired immediately where ever required and keep them motorable.
“All necessary steps should be taken immediately to remove all encroachments from the roads and footpaths. Sindh government looks towards KMC for the betterment of the city and KMC officers should use their skills to the fullest,” the Administrator said this while addressing a meeting with officers of Engineering and Anti-Encroachment departments in his office.
Municipal Commissioner Syed Shujaat Hussain, Director General Technical Services Azhar Hussain Shah, Director Anti-Encroachment Imran Ahmed Rajput, Chief Engineer Abdul Razzaq Junejo, Superintending Engineers of various districts, XENs and other officers were also present.
Dr. Syed Saifur Rahman said that he had extensive experience of working in Karachi and has knowledge about every area, adding that officers should consider him as their friend.
“Together, we will improve the city. The roads affected by the previous rains should be repaired and made trafficable for which a complete survey of all areas of the city must be done,” he added. He directed the concerned officers to improve the civil engineering work and especially improve footpaths to facilitate pedestrians.
He also asked the officers of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering departments to develop the maintenance system of street lights on modern lines. Dr Syed Saifur Rehman said that wherever there is any problem in street lights, it should be removed on priority basis and vehicles used for electrical maintenance work must be kept in good condition.
The Administrator directed the concerned engineers in all the districts of Karachi to make sure to keep the street lights switched on in nights. He said that the experience of working in Karachi is very challenging, but the officers will benefit a lot from this challenge.
Dr. Syed Saifur Rehman directed the officers of the Anti-Encroachment Department to remove encroachments from areas including Abdullah Haroon Road, Empress Market, MA Jinnah Road and Rashid Minhas Road. The Administrator said that the ban on use and sale of plastic bags should also be implemented.