The World Bank is going to be reforming the KMC and all six DMCs in the city as well as revamping the KWSB.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and the World Bank have agreed to start $2 billion projects to make Karachi one of the most developed and beautiful cities in the world.
These projects include the $400 million Karachi Urban Mobility project, the $1.6 billion Karachi Water and Sewerage Services Improvement Project and the $230 million Competitive and Livable City of Karachi project.
A 16-member World Bank team led by country director Patchamuthu Illangovan met Shah and other government officials on Monday.
Karachi Urban Mobility Project
Under the Karachi Urban Mobility Project, the Yellow Line BRT corridor, including infrastructure rehabilitation and BRT system, will be constructed.
The World Bank experts will also undertake capacity building of the Sindh Mass Transit Authority (SMTA) to manage all the BRT systems in the city. The World Bank will finance the rehabilitation of roads and footpaths and develop other infrastructure.
“We are working on the KCR project but even then there is a dire need of an urban transport system like the BRT,” CM Shah told the delegation. Illangovan agreed to take up the project and urged the transport department to hand over the relevant documents, PC-I and other layout plans so that it could be sent for final approval from their board.
Karachi Water and Sewerage Services Improvement Project
Shah said that he was wanted to make the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board the most efficient and effective service delivery institution. For that, we need to restructure and rehabilitate its entire water supply and drainage system, he said. To do that, we need the World Bank’s support, he said.
The purpose of the Karachi Water and Sewerage Services Improvement Project, which has been proposed by the World Bank, is to provide safe and reliable water and sewerage services and encourage private sector investment in water supply and wastewater treatment.
The Bank experts said reforms were needed in three sectors – raising operational capacity for safe, sustainable and equitable water service delivery, restoration of the board’s financial stability and governance and institutional reforms.
The legal formalities for the project will be completed within a month and the project will then be sent to the World Bank board for approval.
Competitive and Livable City of Karachi project
Shah said that under the Competitive and Livable City of Karachi project he wants to enhance urban management and service delivery of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation and all DMCs in the city.
Illangovan said that his team has already prepared a design features for a performance-based block grant. The plan calls for incentivizing institutional performance and improvement for both the KMC and DMCs. The grants will be used for a capital investment program for the KMC and DMCs. The local government department would also be provided technical support.
Institutional reforms would be introduced and a property tax survey would be conducted and all the payments, including salaries, receipts of local taxes, property tax and payment of bills, would be made electronically. Manual systems would all be replaced with digital systems.
The project was approved in principle and will be placed before the World Bank board for final approval.
The documentation completion for the projects has been set at early April for the Competitive and Livable City project, end of March for the KWSB revamp project and end of March for the urban mobility project.