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Bilawal inaugurates 9000 Road in Karachi’s Korangi

Highlights important but less ‘flashy’ projects

SAMAA | - Posted: Jan 5, 2021 | Last Updated: 11 months ago
Posted: Jan 5, 2021 | Last Updated: 11 months ago

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari inaugurated on Tuesday the three-kilometer-long 9000 Road in Korangi in the first phase of the Karachi Neighborhood Initiative Project. The government has renovated its sidewalks, pavements and lights and built a public space, the People’s Square.

KNIP is a World Bank project focused on upgrading roads, water supplies and sewerage infrastructure.

Bilawal acknowledged the difficulties faced by the residents of Karachi at the inauguration ceremony. He spoke of how his party has always been concerned about Karachi’s development. “We have shared multiple studies with several federal governments over the years, including those conducted by the World Bank,” he said. “But we met the same response every time: no funds.” He said the PPP has attempted to solve this problem by focusing on revenue collection and public-private partnerships. “We are the top-performing province in terms of revenue collection,” the PPP chairman claimed.

‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’

Karachiites have long accused the federal, provincial and local governments of failing to deliver badly needed roads, water supply and waste disposal. Politicians have been accused of ignoring projects with poor optical value and focusing instead on those that do well for election campaigns.

Bilawal reassured Karachiites that the Sindh government is taking on such infrastructure projects, which aren’t necessarily “flashy”, but are the building blocks of a healthy urban life. Maintaining these projects and keeping them safe from damage after their inauguration is important for the government, he added.

“However, Rome wasn’t built in a day,” the PPP chairman said. “It takes time to deliver on promises, but the PPP is working tirelessly, one day at a time, to give Karachi the infrastructure it has long been denied.”

He said the next phase of KNIP will include water supply lines and enhanced storm-water drains from Korangi to Ibrahim Hyderi.

About the census issue, he said, “Gerrymandering has been used to deprive Karachi’s citizens of their due rights”.

Other development projects in Karachi

CM Shah shared updates on various projects, saying that the funds needed to complete 25% of the Malir Highway project this year have been released. The remaining funds will be released with the aim of completing the project next year, he added.

The chief minister spoke about an extensive environmental restoration programme in Korangi’s Ibrahim Hyderi to Lat Pasti, which have suffered years of damage as the city’s sewerage disposal site. The World Bank is funding the Yellow Line connecting Korangi to Mazaar-e-Quaid and work on the project is expected to start soon, he said.

CM Shah said encroachments are an obstacle to the city’s water and sewerage infrastructure. While the Sindh government is blamed for not clearing encroachments, this role does not lie with the province, he said. The job falls under the domain of the local government, particularly the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation, which he said allowed these encroachments to spring up and affect the sewerage system.
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  1. Ryan  January 5, 2021 7:41 pm/ Reply

    THis guy makes me laugh !!!!

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