Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has announced to construct three floating jetties and passenger sheds at Baba and Bhit Islands, and Mubarak village for Rs250.561 million and “I am working on a scheme to construct a bridge connecting all three islands, Bhit, Baba and Shams Peer with the city.”
This he said on Wednesday while addressing a reception hosted for fishermen leader Hussain Aslam Bhatti at Bhit Island. The programme was attended by a large number of fishermen of the area.
The CM was accompanied by provincial ministers Nasir Shah, Bari Pitafi, Administrator Karachi Murtaza Wahab, Special Assistants, Liaquat Askani, Asif Khan, MNA Qadir Mandokhel, PPP leader Humayn Khan, Commissioner Karachi and DIG Karachi and others.
Shah sailed in a boat to Bhit Island where addressing a reception he said that he had a close association with fishermen.
“My village is located near Manchhar Lake – where hundreds of fishermen were living on the boats and the lake banks,” he said and added, therefore, he had first hand knowledge of fishermen.“
He said that he was also exploring ways and means to filter the water of Manchhar Lake which had been polluted with the flow of affluent and brackish water drains out from crops.
“I have to rehabilitate the fishermen of Manchhar Lake,” he said and added “I am keen to resolve the issues of fishermen of Karachi because they are the jialas of Shaheed Mohterma Benazir Bhutto.
The CM announced to construct three floating jetties and passenger sheds at Bhit and Baba Islands and at Mubarak village.
“We have allocated Rs250.561 million and the scheme will be executed by the local government department,” he said directed Minister Local Government Nasir Shah to start work on the scheme and complete it by the end of this year.
Shah said that he had also approved Rs600 million schemes of drainage, water supply, brick roads for twin islands, Baba & Bhit and Shampir & Saulehabad.
On the demand of the fishermen, the chief minister vowed to consider installation of RO Plant at Bhit.