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Murad says Sindh ready for population census

KARACHI: Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said on Sunday his government was ready for a population census and had already told the federal government that it would completely support the exercise.

“Sindh has already offered to the federal government to start census from here but it could not take it up due to law and order issues, but now things have improved and the judiciary has also ordered [to carry out the census], therefore it would be feasible and the Sindh government would support it completely,” he told the media after paying a visit to different city areas to inspect ongoing development projects.

The CM said: “Census is most important for nations which help them to make present and future planning to address certain issues like development, budget and giving political share to each and every city according to its population strength. But why it could not be held is a long discussion.”

He was accompanied by Local Government Minister Jam Khan Shoro and Adviser Saeed Ghani and other senior officials. However, Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar was not invited.

The CM said that various development schemes had been initiated in the city, including the work on 100MGD Dhabeji pumping station. “I also assure you that the Rs10 billion Karachi package, which may cost more than the approved amount, would be completed by the end of July.”

He expressed his gratitude to Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq for appreciating his work.

“The impression being created that I am working sincerely but the party is creating hurdles is totally baseless, unfounded and an attempt to separate me from the party which is not possible in my life,” he said, adding: “I am PPP and PPP is my heart and soul.”

He reached at the NIPA traffic intersection and told reporters that the work on construction of the University Road began today.

He said that work would be launched in two parts from Hassan Square to Nipa traffic intersection and then from NIPA towards Safoora Chowrangi.

Briefing the CM, the LG minister said that the cost of road from NED University to Safoora Chowrangi would cost Rs777.9 million. “It is around 4.4 kilometres long and footpaths and service road would also be constructed. “We are changing the water line where necessary,” he told the chief minister.

About criticism for giving contract to a Chinese firm for lifting solid waste, he said: “This is very sad situation that some people are saying that the work of lifting garbage has been taken away from the KMC and DMCs. As a matter of fact, the cleanliness work is always outsourced all over the world.”

He added that the Sindh Solid Waste Management Board did not take the powers of the district municipal corporations.

Talking about the mayoral powers, the chief minister said that this was not a political issue as the provincial assembly gave powers to the mayor.

“The mayor is powerful, I am giving him full support,” he said, adding that he had met Mayor Waseem Akhtar and discussed with him all issues. “He wants to serve the people and the same is my agenda. We all are on the same page as far as service to the people of Karachi is concerned.”

Giving credit to former chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, he said that the Rs10bn Karachi package was approved by him.

The work on widening of Sharea Faisal had also been taken up by the contractor but before starting the work, the portion from Airport to Quaidabad had been taken up for patchwork, he added.

The CM began his visit from Tariq Road, which is being under construction with an estimated cost of Rs516m. The scheme to construct two-kilometre-long road also included widening of the road, replacement of water lines, construction of storm-water drains and footpath.

The chief minister told the project director of the Karachi development package and his team that he would be visiting the schemes to see the quality and pace of work. “This is very much clear that there would be no compromise on the quality,” he said.

courtesy : dawn news

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