Road to progress: We have to make Karachi neat and clean, says CM

He extends helping hand towards mayor to improve cityscape 


Our Correspondent December 14, 2016
CM Murad Ali Shah discuss development of Karachi with Jam Khan Shoro and Waseem Akhtar. PHOTO: NNI

KARACHI: Karachi belongs to all of us and we have to make it neat, clean and beautiful, remarked Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Wednesday.

Serving the people of Karachi is above all politics and party affiliations, he said while talking to Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar at CM House. The meeting was also attended by Local Government Minister Jam Khan Shoro and Deputy Mayor Arshad Vohra.

Shah agreed that there are plenty of issues in the city such as dilapidated roads, choked sewage lines and heaps of garbage everywhere. “I know all of this because I keep visiting [different areas of the] city to inspect the quality and pace of ongoing development works under the cover of Karachi package,” he said.

Adding to this, Akhtar remarked that there also issues relating to fire tenders, snorkels and poor condition of parks. “I have worked out a plan in which repair and maintenance of roads, drainage and water supply lines will be undertaken if you [CM] extend a helping hand,” he said.

On this, Shah offered him support and remarked, “There should be no issue of funds as I will arrange them for Karachi.”

The CM directed Shoro to work out a plan with Akhtar to rehabilitate roads, improve drainage system, purchase fire tenders and develop mechanism to lift garbage from the streets. In the meeting, it was also decided that the parks which are in poor condition will be awarded under ‘Adopt a Park’ programme so they could be developed. “We all have to work together for this city, I will give you maximum resources, technical and others support without any delay,” said the CM.

Former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani also met the CM at his residence and discussed issues of their mutual interest.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 15th, 2016.

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