KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that service to the people of Karachi is above politics and party affiliations. “This is my city as it belongs to other citizens and we all have to make it neat, clean and beautiful.”
This he said while talking to Mayor Karachi, Waseem Akhtar who called on him along with Local Governments Minister, Jam Khan Shoro and Deputy Mayor Karachi, Mr. Vohra.
The chief minister said that there were lot of issues in the city such as its roads are dilapidated, gutter lines are either broken or chocked, garbage lifting service is very poor and heaps of garbage have accumulated here and there. “I know this because I keep visiting the city off and on to inspect the quality and pace of on-going development works under the umbrella of Rs10 billion Karachi package,” he said.
Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar said that apart from these issues there were the problems of fire tenders, snorkels and the parks are in poor conditions. ‘I have worked out a plan to succeed 100 days of cleanliness in which small repair and maintenance works of roads, drainage and water supply lines would be under taken if you (CM) extend helping hand,” he said. On this the chief minister said that he was always happily ready to support him. “There is no issue of funds, I would arrange for this city,” he assured the mayor.
The chief minister directed Minister Local Government Jam Khan Shoro to sit together with the Mayor and work out a plan to rehabilitate roads, water supply line, improve drainage system and purchase fire tenders and develop mechanism to lift back log of the garbage before the private firm start lifting it from the DMCs areas and such other things which the mayor wants to star. “Just you complete your exercise I would do the maximum for the people of Karachi,” he said.
It was decided that the parks which are in poor condition would be awarded under `adopt a park’ programme so that they could be developed for the interest for this city. They also discussed and decided to award the maintenance contract of the snorkels to their concerned companies. “The local maintenance has created serious problems in the snorkels,” said local government minister.