WB to help launch BRT Yellow Line, revive traffic engineering


Staff Reporter

The World Bank (WB) has agreed to provide financial and technical support to fund BRT Yellow Line and provide expertise and technical support to establish integrated BRT system of different routes.
The decision to this effect was made in a high-level meeting held between Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and World Bank delegation led by its Country Director Patchamuthu Illangovan at CM house here, said a statement issued on Tuesday. The members of the delegation include Ms. Melinda Good, Manager Operations, Mr. Enrique Blanco Armas, Lead Country Economist, Mr. Said Dahdah, Senior Transport Specialist, Mr. Muhammad Waheed, Senior Economist, Amena Raja, Operation Officer.
The chief minister was assisted by Minister P&D Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, Chairman P&D Mohammad Waseem, Principal Secretary to CM Secretary Sohail Rajput, Finance Secretary Hassan Naqvi, Health Secretary Fazal Pechuho, Education Secretary Aziz Uqaili, Special Secretary Irrigation Junaid Memon, Secretary Agriculture Sajid Jamal abro, Secretary Livestock & Fisheries Mukhtiar Soomro, Secretary Energy Agha Wasif, Secretary P&D Ms. Shireen Narejo and MD STEVTA.
the meeting reviewed the overall $1.55 Billion portfolio of the World Bank under which 12 different projects were in progress. The projects are Sindh Agricultural Growth Project $76.4 million, Sindh Irrigated Agri productivity of $187 million, Skill Development Project of $21 million, Second Sindh Education Sector project $400 million, Sindh Public Sector Management Reform $50 million, enhanced Nutrition for Mothers and Child $36.24 million, Sindh Response to Stunting $61.62 million, Sindh Resilience Project $100 million, Karachi Neighbour Improvement Project $86 million, Sindh Water Sector Improvement Project $286.24 million and Sindh Barrage Improvement $188 million.
The Special Secretary Irrigation Juanid Memon told the meeting that the Sindh government has initiated Sindh Barrages Improvement Project- Rehabilitation and Modernization of Guddu Barrage with the assistance of the World Bank for Rs 20,241 million in which World Bank provide Rs18,271 million while the remaining amount of Rs1970 would be shared by Sindh government. The project has three main components, rehabilitation of Guddu Barrage, improvement of Barrage operation and project management. The work on the project was delayed due to some legal issues but now it has been resumed. P&D Chairman Mohammad Waseem briefing about Sindh water sector improvement project said that the project has achieved availability of water of 1.17 million hectares, benefiting over 380,000 farm-families.

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