Sindh govt decided to give K-IV project to FWO, to be launched on March 23

KARACHI: The Sindh government has decided to award Greater Karachi Water Supply project known as K-1V, to FWO and also announced to launch the project on March 23.

This decision was taken in a high level meeting held here under Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah here at the CM House. Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad specially attended the meeting. The other participants were provincial Ministers Syed Murad Ali Shah, Jam Khan Shoro, CM advisor on Information Mola Bux Chandio, Chief Secretary Siddique Memon, ACS (Dev) Aijaz Ali Khan, Principal Secretary Alamuddin Bullo, Secretary Finance Sohail Rajput, Secretary Local Government Noor Mohammad Leghari, MD water board and other concerned officers.

The chief minister said that the K-IV project was most important in which his political leadership was also pressing hard to launch it in the larger interest of people of Karachi. “This meeting is high power, therefore I would suggest to fix the date to launch it,” he said.

Senior Minister for Finance & P&D Syed Murad Ali Shah briefing the meeting said that he along with his team had held a meeting with FWO Director General last week. The FWO was ready to construct the project for Sindh government. Latter, another meeting of FWO and Sindh government officials/experts was also held to discuss the issues and work plan.

He said that the FWO was ready to start work, if they are given the contract. On this, the chief minister said that FWO was a well-reputed organisation. In the interest of the quality, smooth work and timely completion, the work should be awarded to FWO. All the participants, including Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad supported the suggestion.

The chief minister, talking policy decision directed the water board and Planning & Development Department to make contract with FWO and award them work. “All the legal formalities must be met prior to signing the contract agreement,” he said and added that he would be happy to host the signing ceremony in the CM House.

The Governor and the chief minister said that they were love to launch K-IV project on March 23. “Historically, it is a good date and an important project like K-IV must be launched on that day,” they said and directed the concerned minister and water board to make necessary arrangements for the purpose.

The total cost of the K-IV project is Rs 25.5 billion and is being launched to provide 650 MGD water to Karachi in three phase. In the first phase 260 MGD water to be provided from Kinjhar to Karachi and in the second phase another 260 MGD and in the third and final phase 130 MGD water scheme would be launched in 2020.

In the beginning, of the meeting fateh was offered for the departed soul of leading drama writer and literary figure Fatema Suriya Bajya.

The meeting also discussed the plight of some important parks of the city and said that most of the parks have no ownership. The concerned local bodies have pressures of other assignments and engagements, therefore Parks are facing neglect. As a result, the issues like encroachments and illegal possessions emerge. The organized mafias also took advantage of the situation.

Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad suggested that the parks either be maintained by concerned DMCs or be given under an ‘Adopt a Park Policy’. The parks create a good impact for public recreation and also add beauty in the city. Top of it, parks create a very good impact on environment.

The chief minister directed the secretary Local Government to move a summary so that the parks of the city, particularly of Jheel Park and other adjacent to it and some at the Clifton could be utilised in the larger interest of the public with proper maintenance.

The meeting also discussed that the space located under the flyovers have turned into dens and most of the spaces are being used by the denters, mechanics and such other people. Therefore, this space is going waste and against the interest of the citizens.

The chief minister directed the local government department a make proposal in consultation with the Commissioner Karachi to for the best use of the space and implement it with intimation to the CM Secretariat.

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