KARACHI: A part of Governor’s House will be made open for public from tomorrow (Friday) onwards.
Governor Imran Ismail said this while talking to media personnel during his visit to Citizens-Police Liaison Committee’s (CPLC) office on Wednesday. Families will be allowed to enter Governor’s House from its Gate 1 after they show their computerised national identity cards, the governor said.
The visitors will be allowed to see Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s office inside the premises, which also houses some belongings of the father of nation. They will also be able to walk in the Governor’s House’s lawn.
The governor went on to say that soon tours will also be arranged for children of various schools so that they may see the historical complex and get inspiration from accessories in Quaid-i-Azam’s office.
Ismail explained that the federal government had formed a committee to submit recommendations for the use of all four governors’ houses in the country. He claimed that the committee had started its work and the future of Governor’s House would be decided in light of the committee’s recommendations.
To a query, the governor replied that only two rooms of Governor’s House were being used by him at present, one of which was his office and other the library. Ismail also informed the media that Prime Minister Imran Khan had been requested to visit Karachi on September 15 or 16.
The governor was welcomed by the CPLC chief Zubair Habib and other officers on his arrival. Ismail was briefed by the CPLC chief on the functions of the CPLC and its 24-hour services to citizens.
The governor praised the CPLC for aiding the law enforcement agencies in arresting the wanted suspects. He also toured the police complaint cell, general complaint handling department, IT cell and call centre. Ismail was informed that all the citizens of Pakistan had access to the CPLC’s call centre.
Water and sanitation meeting
The governor also discussed on Wednesday water and drainage issues in the city while chairing a meeting at Governor’s House.
Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) Managing Director (MD) Khalid Mehmood Sheikh briefed the governor on various water supply and sanitation projects in Karachi and issues being faced by the water board.
Karachi is the jugular vein of Pakistan in terms of economy, the governor said, adding that businesses and industrial activities were flourishing in the city and were contributing to the country’s economy. However, Ismail lamented that the water supply and sanitation systems in the provincial capital were ineffective.
The governor bemoaned the fact that at present, around 400 million gallons of sewage was being released into the sea without being treated.
Provision of water was the first priority of the government, Ismail remarked. He maintained that mega projects related to water supply would be completed as soon as possible. The governor directed the authorities to expedite work on the K-IV project.
Ismail also called for creating awareness among the public about water shortage in the country and methods of water conservation. According to a survey, Pakistan can be one of those countries which might face acute shortage of water in the coming few years, he said.
The KWSB MD informed the governor that there were 150 pumping stations and more than 30,000 valves that provided water to the entire city. The governor was informed that the board was also providing water to some parts of Thatta district.
The meeting also discussed the plan to provide waste water to industries after treatment. The governor claimed that industrialists had been taken into confidence in this regard and they had agreed to the plan. The meeting was informed that recycled water will soon be supplied to industries.
The governor vowed that the federal government will continue to cooperate in the water supply and sanitation schemes of the city.