Prime Minister Imran Khan announced on Saturday a Rs1,100 billion package for Karachi.
The premier arrived in Karachi Saturday afternoon for a day’s visit. He chaired an important meeting at Governor House that was attended by Governor Imran Ismail, Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, and several MPAs.
The PM said it is a “historic day” for the city. “All the stakeholders met today and decided to work together to solve Karachi’s problems,” he said while addressing a press conference after the meeting. He was accompanied by CM Shah and Governor Ismail.
“The amount includes the packages of both the federal and provincial government,” he said. An implementation committee will be formed to ensure that work is being done for the benefit of the city.
The PM spoke about some of the biggest problems faced by the city and how the federal and provincial governments plan to solve them.
Water is one of the biggest problems faced by the people of Karachi, said the premier. We have decided that to solve this the Sindh government will work on one part of the K-IV project, while the federal government works on another one.
“We are hopeful that we will solve the city’s water problems permanently in the next three years.”
The encroachments on nullahs is another major problem faced by residents.
The NDMA is working on clearing the nullahs, while the Sindh government has agreed to relocate all the people who will be displaced during this process.
The package also includes funds to improve the city’s sewerage system. We hope to tackle this problem once and for all, PM Khan added.
Solid waste management
Karachi doesn’t have a proper system to dispose of its solid waste. We had a discussion on it and decided to work on a system that works, said the prime minister.
He is expected to meet members of the business community and listen to their demands later in the day.