Sindh govt, WB discuss $10bn projects

By Shakil Paracha

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and 11-member World Bank high power delegation led by its country Director Patchamuthu Illangovan discussed over $10 billion projects for Sindh and formed to clear them from the concerned forums. The meeting was attended by provincial ministers, Saeed Ghani, Ismail Rahu, Syed Sardar Shah, Imtiaz Shaikh, CM Advisor on law Murtaza Wahab, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah and concerned provincial secretaries.

Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said that his government policy was clear. The government is working for transforming governance economic growth, sustainable development and human capital development. The meeting discussed following projects: Karachi neighborhood Improvement project:  It is $86 project and the provincial government has to put in $14 million to start the project. The three other projects, Karachi Urban Management – a $200m project, Karachi Urban Mobility, a $400 million project and Karachi Water and Sewerage $640 million project also came under discussion. These three projects had needed some provincial government approvals and to finalize investment plan to start the project.

KUM Project: The World Bank has proposed $200 million for Karachi Urban Management Project. The chief minister said that the objective of the project was to enhance urban management service delivery of KMC and DMCs. The proposal was to provide performance-linked block grants to six DMCs and KMC for local level infrastructure and municipal services. A capital development grant was proposed for KMC for flood management and rehabilitation of urban drainage infrastructure.

The institutional development and capacity building of KMC and DMCs was also discussed. On this the chief minister said that he has already announced to hand over recovery of property tax to KMC and DMCs. The chief minister directed Chairman P&D Mohammad Waseem to call a joint meeting of local bodies and secretary local government to finalise the KUM Project so that necessary recommendation could be firm up for final approval. The meeting also decided to conduct fresh property survey in the megacity Karachi and then in other districts. KUM Project: The World Bank proposed $400 million for Karachi Urban Mobility (KUM). The project is aimed at improving urban mobility, accessibility and road safety in Karachi. Under the project the World Bank would give loan to construct Yellow Line corridor, development of infrastructure rehabilitation and BRTs construction system.

Chairman P&D Mohammad Waseem said that under the project road safety would be increased via infrastructure, crash data system and improving enforcement and awareness. Capacity building of Sindh Mass Transit Authority staff and KMC would also be made and study for other corridors would be conducted. The chief minister approved the project and directed chairman P&D and Secretary Transport to move forward with the project by completing all the required formalities and also send the concept paper to Economic Affairs Division.


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