Sindh govt top priority are water, solid waste management, public transport: Murad Shah

Karachi, September 11, 2018 (PPI-OT): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the priorities of his government were to solve water, solid waste and public transport issues in Karachi and in other districts of the province. This he said on Tuesday while talking to USA Consul General JoAnne Wagner who called on him with a delegation of USAID officers here at the CM House. The chief minister was assisted by Chairman P and D Mohammad Waseem and Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput.

The chief minister said that water is a big issue all over Sindh. “We are planning to install a desalination plant in Karachi and construction K-IV bulk water supply project was in progress,” he said and added through water supply schemes and RO plants water issue is being resolved all over Sindh.

Talking about disposal of solid waste in the city, Murad Shah said that some Chinese companies have been involved in sweeping and garbage lifting work. He added that his government has a plan to install a power generation plant on the garbage. The government has worked out a plan to give land to a power generation company at landfill site and install a power plant on PPP mode. He added that as far as public transport issue in the city is concerned it would be resolved through Karachi Circular Railway and launching of different BRT system.

The US consul General and the chief minister discussed USAID funded projects such as Sindh Municipal Services Project (MSP). It is a $66 million programme to improve service delivery to better address urban needs. Nearly 70 percent of project funding would go towards up gradation municipal infrastructure.

The MSP’s center piece is the Jacobabad municipal project, a $36 million project to make major improvements to the ageing and dysfunctional water supply, sanitation and solid waste infrastructure in that small city in Northern Sindh.

The Jacobabad Municipal project would deliver clean drinking water to more than 250,000 people, improve health and hygienic conditions and create sustainable sewage and garbage management system. The chief minister said that his government has approved $5 million to complete associated aspects of the project. He has also approved the towns of Jacobabad, Qambar, Shahdadkot, Mehar, Khairpur Nathan Shah and Johi in the programme.

Education: Another programme came under discussion was Sindh Basic Education Programme. The USAID is providing a comprehensive assisted package of $55 million to increase and sustain student enrolment in primary, middle, secondary schools in seven districts of Northern Sindh and five towns of Karachi.

Under the programme school construction, Sindh reading programme community mobilization capacity development architect and engineering support in construction of school were in progress. Under this programme 106 new schools are being constructed in flood-affected and other targeted districts and construction of 58 schools was almost at final stage. The chief minister and the visiting guest agreed to monitor progress of these projects and complete them in time.

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