Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah reviewing ongoing development schemes launched under Karachi Package said that the construction of Gulbai Road would not only resolve the traffic congestion issues in the locality but it would promote tourism and recreational activities along the sea shore.
“The development of the city must be tourism-oriented so that tourists could be attracted by developing roads leading towards seashore such as Sandspit, Manora, Keamari and historical places, like Wazir Mansion, Jinnah House, where beautiful old buildings speak louder of the glory of the city.”
He was presiding over a meeting to review various development schemes launched under the Karachi package. The meeting was attended by Minister Local Government Nasir Shah, Adviser on Law Murtaza Wahab, PSCM Sajid Jamal Abro, Commissioner Karachi Naveed Shaikh, Secretary LG Najam Shah, Administrator Karachi Laiq Ahmed, MD water Board Asadullah Khan and others.
Reconstruction of 5.25 km dual carriageway from Gulbai to Y-junction is being constructed for Rs1.01 billion and it will be completed within six months. The chief minister directed the local government department to construct a storm water drain on both sides of the road. “I want the issues of drainage of the area should be resolved before construction of the road,” he said.
The chief minister was told that work on the road has been started. There are some encroachments at some points along the road. The chief minister issued directives for removal of the encroachments. The meeting was told that construction of alternate routes for the traffic was being built. The alternate route has been worked in consultation of the traffic police. The chief minister said that the project was most important to open up the area of Hawksbay, and coastal belt for recreational purposes. Expressing his displeasure, the chief minister said after construction of submarine chowrangi flow of traffic from Khlaiq Zaman Road towards Punjab Colony/Sunset Boulevard has been blocked.
“I have already released Rs100 million to pay the occupants of the a building which is supposed to be bulldozed to pave way for vehicular traffic but around one year has passed the building has not been demolished.
At this Minister Local Government Nasir Shah apprising the chief minister said that there were some litigations issued which have been resolved. He added that out of Rs100 million, Rs30 million have been released to DC South to pay the compensation and the remaining amount was being provided to take over the possession of the building.