KARACHI: Administrator Karachi Rauf Akhter Farooqui said on Wednesday that Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) has decided to include more than 100 uplift schemes worth over Rs13 billion in the budget for next fiscal year including construction of seven flyovers and three major roads in the city.
This he said while addressing a meeting held to discuss uplift projects. Acting Financial Advisor Munawwar Imam, Director General Technical Services Niaz Ahmed Soomro, Senior Director Culture Sports and Recreation Muhammad Rehan Khan, Senior Director Health Dr Salma Kausar, Senior Director Transport & Communication Muhammad Athar and other concerned officers were also present on the occasion.
During the meeting, the officers gave detailed briefing on the current development projects and planning for next financial year.
The administrator urged the officers to play active role in the completion of development schemes within the scheduled time and submit the final documents by 15th May (today), to finalize all development schemes.
He said the development projects for next financial year should be planned in accordance with the actual needs of the city so that all areas of the city could get development activities on equal basis.
Farooqui said KMC would start work on the 6th signal free corridor of Karachi during the next financial year which included construction of 4 flyovers and reconstruction of roads and beautification works on a corridor from Shershah Suri Road, Board Office to Nagan Chowrangi, Board Office Chowrangi, KDA Chowrangi, Water Pump Chowrangi and Sakhi Hasan Chowrangi, whereas, other flyovers would be built on Do Talwar roundabout, Clifton, Chowdhry Khaliq-uz-Zaman Road, Punjab Chowrangi, and Korangi Crossing.
He said reconstruction and repairing of Shahrah-e-Faisal from Mehran Hotel till Jinnah Terminal and Tariq Road were also planned for next fiscal along with the channelization of drains and more than 20 streetlight schemes.
He said improvement in the sports, recreation and transport sector was also on agenda to provide better facilities to citizens.
Farooqui said KMC has spent huge sums on healthcare and municipal facilities in Karachi. Therefore, the officers must take the ground realities under consideration while planning for uplift works and give preference to urgent needs of the city.
He said the government was ready to give all possible funds if the officers worked hard and gave full attention to the projects and revived the tradition of completion of development works on time.