KARACHI: Prime Minister Imran on Saturday announced ‘historic’ Rs1100 billion financial package for the execution of a transformation plan meant to address the city’s issues and developmental requirements.
Briefing media about the Karachi package here at Governor House, the Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that federal government was fully aware of the problems being faced by people of Karachi from past many years and PTI government has decided to resolve all pending issues of the metropolis.
“One year & three-year plans for Karachi’s transformation have been devised as we’ve decided to resolve issues of Karachi on a permanent basis,” he said and added that the Provincial Coordination Implementation Committee (PCIC) has been formed which will monitor the implementation of Karachi Package.
The PCIC will include all stakeholders, the provincial government, federal government and the army, he said, adding that Rs1.1trillion package is also meant to resolve transport, sewerage and infrastructure development issues in the port city.
PM Khan said that the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) project will be completed in addition to improving the road infrastructure from the amount allocated for the Karachi package.
“It has been agreed that the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) will clear the Nullahs in the provincial capital,” said PM Imran and added that there are encroachments over drains which will be removed.
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The prime minister said that Sindh government has taken the responsibility to settle the families who will displace as a result of the clearance of the Nullahs.
The premier further said the problems of Karachi relating to water will be permanently addressed in a matter of three years under the transformation plan.
Alluding to the damages inflicted by recent rains in the country, the prime minister said coordinated efforts will be made to cope with the situation. Imran Khan also lauded services of Pakistan Army for playing a very vital role during recent rains in Karachi.