KARACHI: Out of Rs12 billion reserved for the Karachi Development Package Phase-II, Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has approved Rs8.4 billion for 14 schemes of construction of roads, flyovers and drainage systems in the city.
The CM made this decision while presiding over a meeting at Chief Minister House on Thursday to review the progress of ongoing schemes launched under the Karachi Development Package Phase-I and approve new schemes for the phase-II of the package. The meeting was attended by Local Government Minister Jam Khan Shoro, Planning and Development Board Chairperson Muhammad Waseem, Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput, Finance Secretary Hassan Naqvi, Karachi Package Project Director Niaz Soomro and others.
The approved schemes include construction of a road from Tank Chowrangi to the Super Highway via Thaddo Nalo at a cost of Rs350 million, reconstruction of Tipu Sultan Road from Sharae Faisal to Karsaz at a cost of Rs280 million, construction of bridges at the intersections of Tipu Sultan and Khalid Bin Waleed roads at Shaheed-e-Millat Road at a cost of Rs1.5 billion and widening of Stadium Road at a cost of Rs270 million. The CM also approved the renovation of Lea Market, Jodia Bazaar, Sarafa Bazaar and Juna Market areas along with laying new water and sewerage lines. These schemes would cost around Rs644 million.
The other schemes approved are remodeling of 12000 Road in Landhi, reconstruction of Cantt Station Road along with laying new sewerage and water supply lines, improvement of road from Fawara Chowk to Garden, construction of an interchange bridge at CCI Intersection and widening of the bridge over Korangi Nullah.
Construction of bridge at intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Gizri Boulevard has also been approved at the cost of Rs70 million, while a storm drain from Star Gate to Chakora Nullah will be constructed at a cost of Rs200 million. Funds amounting to Rs70 million will be spent on the construction of a storm drain at Hassan Square.
The CM also reviewed ongoing schemes of Karachi package phase-I. He directed the project director to expedite the work on Submarine underpass. “This is one of the most important schemes and I want to inaugurate it by the end of November,” the CM said.
Shah also directed the local government minister to personally monitor construction of storm drains along Sharae Faisal and University Road from NED University to Safoora Chowrangi.
“I want you to complete all the formalities, including invitation of tenders etc. so that by the end of the current month, inauguration ceremony of phase-II could be held,” the CM said.