Coordination committee takes important decisions for uplift of Karachi

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The 6th Coordination Committee constitute between Sindh and the federal governments met here at CM House and took important decisions, including establishment of Combined effluent Treatment plants on PPP mode, Augmentation of K-IV to be carried out by the provincial government, the KPT, and other agencies to issue NOCs for Mauripur Expressway and ICI Interchange project and Rangers to vacate Malir Halt and Mousomiyat Depts for launching BRT Red Line and

The meeting was attended by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Federal Minister for Planning Mr. Asad Umar, Federal Minister for IT Syed Amin Ul Haque, Corps Commander Karachi Lt Gen. Muhammad Saeed, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, Provincial Ministers, Nasir Shah, Saeed Ghani, Administrator Karachi Murtaza Wahab, Federal Secretary P,D&SI Aziz Uqaili, Chairman P&D Hassan Naqvi, Secretary Transport Shariq Ahmed, Secretary Local Govt Najam Shah, Secretary MD water Board Asadullah Khan, MD SSWMB Zubair Channa, MC Afzal Zaidi, PD KWISSP Salahuddin and others.

Rehabilitation of Gujar & Orangi Nullahs: The meeting was told that the existing design Parameter, Reduction of Right of Way (RoW) from 30 ft. to 18.5 ft. After completion of an anti-encroachment operation carried out as per NED Survey, fresh Drone Survey of Gujjar and Orangi Nullahs was carried out to establish the latest building line. It was found that in order to achieve 30 ft RoW, anti-encroachment drive in 30 percent and 20 percent of length astride Gujjar & Orangi Nullahs respectively will be required.

The participants of the meeting discussed the matter at length and decided to reduce RoW to 20 feet in which a wall along the nullas would be constructed within 2 feet and 2-lane road would be constructed on 18 feet for vehicular traffic.

Rehabilitation of 25 KMC Nullahs: The local govt department giving update on PC-1 told the meeting that a comprehensive study on 41 KMC Nullahs was carried out by NED University. However, only 25 KMC Nullahs wer

e considered critical, which required immediate rehabilitation.The chief minister said that it was a Rs2 billion project for which Rs1 billion had already been allocated. The PC-1 of the project has been prepared and sent to the P & D department for approval.

K-IV Project: Update/Progress of the Project Synchronization in Conveyance System and Augmentation Coordination points were discussed between the federal and Sindh governments. During deliberations it was observed that K-IV Project has serious issues and in order to address them, it was decided to develop better coordination between the Center and provincial government for execution of both conveyance systems and augmentation of K-IV.

The meeting was told that revised PC-1 would be placed before ECNEC.The chief minister said that as far as installation of the 50 MW power plant was concerned, he would discuss with his team. However, the meeting decided to direct all the federal government agencies to issue NOCs for the augmentation project of K-IV to be executed by the Sindh government.

Anti-encroachment Encroachment: Briefing about Resettlement Support and Hiring of Machinery Distribution of cheques of resettlement support, 1st & 2nd Tranche, Reconciliation of Expenditure with NDMA the commissioner Karachi said that NDMA has released Rs1.32 billion while the NDMA said that they have released more amount. The commissioner claimed Rs518.713 million in excess expenditures incurred on hiring machineries. The meeting decided that the Commissioner Karachi and NDMA would sit together to reconcile the expenditures and settle the payment issue within a week.Solid Waste Management: The CM said that under the new local govt law Mayor of Karachi has been made chairman of the solid waste management board so that proper cleaning of the city could be ensured.

MD SSWM waste management Board Zubair Channa briefing the meeting about the initiatives taken to remove garbage from the city. He said that the cleaning of all the districts of Karachi, except Central have been outsourced to well-reputed foreign firms. The process of handing over cleaning of District Central was in the process. It was also decided that matter for regulating the garbage disposal generated in the Cantonments Board and clearance of outstanding dues of SSWMB would be resolved.

CETP: The meeting was told that Sindh govt Industries department was the sponsoring agency of the project titled ‘Establishment of Five (05) Combined Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) for Rs.11.799 billion with 33 percent of Federal and 67 percent share of Sindh govt respectively. The project was approved by ECNEC and Administrative Approval of the Project was accorded on 12th March, 2018.

The cost estimates of the components of CETP-2 and CETP-4 with interceptors have exceeded the estimates of the different components in the revised PC-1.

The CETP-1, 2 & 4 have been included in Phase-1 of the Project as these have no land issues for treatment plants or pumping stations can be initiated without any impediments. The revised PC-I of Rs.18.143 billion is under approval process.

In a meeting held in Sindh P&D it has been decided to execute this project on PPP mode.Therefore the coordination committee decided to prepare a proper presentation for executing the project on PPP mode.

Red Line BRTS –  Allotment of 52 Acres under CAA possession for the purpose of relocation of Pakistan Rangers:

Karachi BRT (KBRT) Red Line Project is being implemented with the assistance of ADB and Co-financiers’ including AlIB, AFD and GCF. The ADB Board approved Loan for Red Line BRT project worth of $ 235 million in July 2019. Accordingly, the PC-1 of the Project was cleared by CDWP and approved by ECNEC for Rs. 78,384.33 million (USD 493.51 Million). Subsequently, the Loan signing took place on June 18, 2020 which became effective from October 6, 2020.

TransKarachi, a section 42 Company, which is 100 percent owned by Sindh govt. The issue of vacation of Malir Halt and Masumiyat dept by Pakistan Rangers was discussed. At this the Corps Commander Karachi told the meeting that Pakistan Rangers would vacate the depots when the provincial transport department would start work on the Red Line BRT project.

The Sindh government urged the federal ministers to direct CAA to allotment of 12-14 acres of land out of identified 52 acres of land parcel under CAA possession for immediate relocation of Rangers to avoid penalties anticipated due to occupation of depots.

Federal Minister Asad Umer assured the chief minister that the matter would be solved through his office.

Mauripur Expressway & IC Interchange Project: The meeting was told to decided Land related issues/NOC pertaining to KPT, NHA, Pakistan Railways and

The meeting was told that Request for Proposal (RFP) was issued in June, 2021 and Technical Bids were opened in  September, 2021for  Mauripur Expressway & IC Interchange Project.

Now there are certain issues in the encumbrance free access of the site at different locations of the Project such as  Elevated U-turn, Interchange at Lyari Bridge, Marine Academy Flyover, Salt Field Area, Kakapir Road Widening and Flyover ICI Flyover Ramp Road widening near ICI Intersection and ICI Flyover connections Karachi Port Trust, Pakistan Railways and National Highway Authority have, somehow, jurisdictions on above locations of the Projects.

 

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