KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah has finally approved Rs25 billion Greater Karachi Bulk Water Supply Scheme K-IV and directed the local government department to sign an agreement with Frontier Works Organization (FWO) to start work on package-I on war footings.
He issued these orders while presiding over a meeting on K-IV project here at the CM House. The meeting was attended by provincial ministers, Syed Murad Ali Shah, Jam Khan Shoro, Chief Secretary Siddique Memon, Principal Secretary Alammuddin Bullo, ACS (Dev) Mohammad Waseem, Secretary Finance Sohail Rajput, Secretary Local government Baqaullah Unar and others.
Briefing the Chief Minister provincial minister for Local Governments, Jam Khan Shoro said that package -I of K-IV project includes intake structure, canal conduit, Siphons, converters and so on . It costs Rs15.254 billion. “We have held meetings with FWO authorities and have to come to conclusion that work on this package can be started if the chief minister kindly approve it,” he said.
He requested the chief minister to approve 15 percent interest free advanced mobilization on insurance bond and SRB. He said 15 percent advance would be Rs2.2 billion and the funds were available with the project. The chief minister approved the proposal and directed the minister local government to ensure start of the work.
It may be noted that in the Rs25.551 billion K-IV project, the federal government would share 50 percent of the total cost. The chief minister said that the K-IV project was actually conceived in 2007 but the government at the time could not start it. “Now,, I have made commitment with the people of Karachi that I would provide them water and I am adamant to fulfill my commitment,” he said.
Senior Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said that he has also discussed the project with FWO and they are also ready to complete the project within two years. The chief minister asked the provincial ministers, finance and Local government to make necessary arrangements for signing the agreement. “This would be a way forward and renewal of our commitment and the commitment of the FWO with us,” he said.