CM, MQM delegation discuss repair of infrastructure damaged

KARACHI: A 17-member MQM delegation, led by Khawaja Izharul Hassan Thursday called on Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah here at CM House to discuss repair and maintenance of the infrastructure damaged in Karachi and Hyderabad during recent heavy rains.

The other delegation members were Javed Hanif, Mohammad Hussain, Hamiduz Zafar, Rashid Khilji, Adeel Shahzad and others. Provincial Ministers, Sharjeel Memon, Nasir Shah, Saeed Ghani, Murtaza Wahab and Waqar Mahdi also attended the meeting.

MQM leader Khawaja Izhar told the chief minister that the heavy rains have badly affected the infrastructure of Karachi and Hyderabad. He added that the craters have developed in the roads and sewerage lines have also been damaged. Khawaja Izahr said that due to damaged roads and drainage lines, flow of traffic in both the cities, Karachi and Hyderabad has become a serious problem, therefore traffic jams have become the order of the day.

The chief minister told the MQM delegation that his government has already allocated Rs5 billion for the repair and maintenance of the roads and sewerage system of the city. He added that another amount of Rs1.5 billion was approved by the cabinet to repair damaged road and drainage lines located on the route of seven Peoples Bus Service launched recently in the city.

Mr Shah said that a separate budget for repair of roads of Hyderabad has also been approved by the assembly. He assured the visiting delegation that the repair and maintenance works in both the cities would be started very soon. The CM said that he has also directed all the deputy commissioners, including of the city to assess the losses and damages caused by heavy rains to the life, property/houses, crops so that necessary action could be taken to support the people.