World Bank plan investment in city projects

Karachi, January 19, 2018 (PPI-OT):Mayor Karachi Wasim Akhtar said Karachi facing multi-faceted problems and about fifty percent of city population was living in slums where poor water supply and drainage with improper sanitation conditions and broken roads became main hurdle in their development. World Bank’s cooperation in resolving these issues is good omen, however city’s critical problems should be given priority as this would help solving the basic issues in Karachi.

He said this while chairing a meeting with the representatives of the World Bank who were on a visit of Karachi and meeting with the high ups of Sindh Government and KMC to work out a comprehensive plan to initiate development projects of importance in the city. The meeting was also attended by the chairman works committee Syed Arshad Hassan, chairman Katchi Abadies Committee Saad Bin Jaffer, director general works Shahab Anwer, director general parks Afaq Mirza, director technical to mayor S.M Shakaib, senior director coordination Masood Alam, project director Orangi Rizwan Khan, director culture Shams Masoodi and other officers.

Mayor Karachi urged the delegation to give top priority to rehabilitation and constructions of roads and bridges and provision of machinery and equipment for cleaning of storm water drains and for emergency works. He also directed the officers to provide all possible help and support to the World Bank team in their study of the city projects. He said the elected leadership of Karachi making all possible efforts to solve the problems of the citizens and for this many plans were underway.

World Bank representatives said that the bank is making 60 to 80 million dollar investment in Karachi and in this connection they were under the Karachi integrated urban management project 2018 working on the city’s drainage basin, locations and capacity of the city’s main rivers and depth and dredging requirements with the help of computerized software and through digital elevation model. The study focuses on the protection from flood and to prepare a workable plan in this connection. Mayor Karachi assure all possible cooperation in the World Bank’s projects and said that it was topmost priority to provide better facilities to citizens of Karachi.

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