KPT be modernised in accordance with present day need: Zubair


Governor of Sindh Muhammad Zubair Friday stressed that the Karachi Port be modernized in accordance with the present day need.
He said this while expressing his views during a briefing at the Governor House here regarding the mega projects and development works pertaining to the Karachi Port Trust.
The chairman of the KPT, Mumtaz Ahmed Shah, gave a detailed briefing on the occasion.
He informed that development works at the KPT are fast going ahead and that short, medium and long term projects have been devised for the purpose.
These, Shah added, included Port Elevated Express, Cargo Village and Karachi Harbour Crossing Bridge.
The completion of Port Elevated Express would streamline the traffic. Cargo Village and Karachi Harbour Crossing Bridge span over an area of 1,500 acres and this includes an industrial park.
The Governor highlighted the significance and location of Karachi as hub of commercial activities. The KPT and Muhammad Bin Qasim port are the natural ports of Karachi. KPT accounts for 60 percent of country’s sea trade.
He was of the view that modernization of Karachi Port was the priority of the government as after the completion of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects there would be a huge increase in the economic activities in Karachi.
Zubair appreciated the steps undertaken by the management of the KPT and exhorted that it be ensured that there is not delay in the completion of the expansion and development works.
He pointed out that owing to government’s efforts, the energy crisis in the country is about to come to an end and more electricity would be generated that meet the requirement and this would help enhance economic activities.
Governor said that federal government is focusing on development of Karachi. Prime Minister has given Rs. 25 billion Karachi Package. Federal government is also spending Rs. 75 billion on mega projects in the metropolis.—APP

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