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Budget allocated for K-4 water project and for other mega schemes in Karachi

Karachi: The Sindh government announced to allocate funds for the development of Greater Karachi Water Supply Project (K-IV) under Sindh Budget 2020-21. Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Syed Murad Ali Shah presented the budget speech in the provincial assembly.

The CM revealed that the mega projects for Karachi included in the budget 2020-21 were the Greater Karachi Water Sewerage Project (S-III) and Greater Karachi Water Supply Project (K-IV). He stated that the Sindh government was also pursuing the federal government for releasing its share for these two main development projects in the city. He added that the provincial government’s focus was to complete ongoing projects that were at an advanced level of implementation.

CM Shah also revealed an allocation worth PKR 19.3 billion for over 300 water supply & sanitation projects of the Public Health Engineering and Local Government departments. He added that the mega Karachi Water & Sewerage Services Improvement project has gained approval at a cost of PKR 3.4 billion with financial support from the World Bank.

The Chief Minister Sindh said that in view of the economic importance of Karachi and the worst traffic situation on the main road of Karachi Port and the loss of economic stability, the Government of Sindh should seek consultancy services for the construction and repair and improvement of three roads. These include Link Road Korangi Expressway from Maripur to Junction and Interchange ICI Bridge. The project aims to reduce traffic congestion on this important road at certain times.

In addition, the proposed Link Road Korangi is of special importance as it provides an alternative route to Korangi and in case of an emergency provides access to the Pakistan Air Force’s Southern Air Command to Korangi. These include the establishment of a Children’s Rehabilitation Center for Street Children and a 10-person Rehabilitation Center for Drug Addicts in Karachi.

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