Delay feared in inauguration of Centre-funded projects

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Staff Reporter

Inauguration of the ongoing federal government funded projects in Karachi was likely to be delayed due to various reasons. Prime Minister Imran Khan has to inaugurate seven projects of Karachi in mid February but an additional work of the construction of adjoining roads could delay ther inauguration of these projects. The repair work of roads adjoining three flyovers at Sakhi Hassan Chowrangi, KDA Chowrangi and Five Star Chowrangi will be completed by the federal government, sources said. The roads will be repaired from Sakhi Hassan Chowrangi to the Board Office and Sindh Infrastructure Development Company (SIDCL) has started the repair and renovation work, according to sources. Three under-construction flyovers being completed with an estimated cost of 893 million rupees in Karachi Central district but construction of the roads adjacent to these flyovers was not included in the costs. According to sources, Sakhi Hassan Chowrangi flyover is expected to be completed by Feb 26, Five Star Chowrangi flyover on Feb 28, while KDA Chowrangi flyover is also likely to be completed within the ongoing month. Karachi may breathe a sigh of relief after opening of these flyovers and renovation of number of roads at the moment closed due to development work in progress. ======
Over 90 bikes stolen, snatched daily: CPLC
Staff Reporter The Citizen-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) has released its monthly crime statistics report, showing an increase in the street crimes during the month of January. According to statistics compiled by the CPLC, overall 191 four-wheelers were either snatched or stolen from the city during the outgoing month. The report reveals that snatching and stealing of two-wheeler vehicles remained higher in the city as over 90 bikes were stolen or snatched during the last month. The authorities remained successful in recovering only 285 bikes. Overall, 1912 incidents of a citizen being deprived of their mobiles phones from the city while 30 people were killed in January. Two cases of kidnapping for ransom case was reported from the city in the month, the report added. Street crimes remained on the rise in the port city in December 2019 despite the law enforcement agencies’ claims of having stepped up measures to rein in outlaws. According to crime statistics compiled by Citizen Police Liaison Committee (CPLC), as many as 2,546 two-wheelers were stolen while 151 others snatched at gunpoint in December. Out of the total snatched and stolen bikes, 395 were recovered. The incidence of bike theft topped the list of street crimes reported in Karachi city last month. As per the data, 1,865 mobile phones were snatched, of which 236 were recovered.