Joint formal farewell meeting of nazims held
February 17, 2010
By Irfan Aligi
KARACHI: The City District Government Karachi (CDGK) during last four-year tenure completed 2159 mega development projects in the city. None of these mega projects was included below the investment of Rs 300 million.
City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal stated these figures during a formal meeting with the representatives of the Press and television channels at a local hotel on Wednesday.
The meeting was informed of the formal and official departure of the elected representatives of the CDGK, the city nazim, city naib nazim Nasreen Jalil and Town Municipal Administrations. Town Nazims, CDGK officials were present on the occasion.
The media representatives were informed that the CDGK had served the city for 52 months of which 268 days were public holidays excluding those days when the city remained closed owing to strikes, protests and any other reason.
The meeting was told that during that period the CDGK has averagely completed 2 mega projects per day and 48 mega projects per month. This did not include the ongoing 126-mega development projects development projects.
The city nazim told the meeting the quake in Northern areas was in focus in initial days of the CDGK and the team was raw to deal with the administration and the beaurocracy at the CDGK level but his leader Altaf Hussein, the citizens and the media had supported him through thick and thin.
The meeting was told that the CDGK was the pioneer of Pakistan’s first close circuit television vigilance system and 1339-complaint centre, which no other city government in the world has yet launched. The CDGK was the first Pakistani city government that has earned an ISO-9001 certificate.
While talking about future development programmes for the city, the city nazim said that a 50-year Master Plan for Karachi Water and Sewerage Board has been prepared and it would include a water treatment plant and S-III water scheme for city’s water need of additional 600 million gallons per day.
The meeting was informed that the CDGK would soon establish Pakistan’s first garbage station alongwith 5 garbage transfer stations within the city would be started soon to meet city’s need for solid waste management.
The meeting was further informed that under the Mass Transit System, Karachi Circular Railways would also start this year while a company KUTP has been assigned to carry out this project while its feasibility report has been sent to Japanese government after the ECNEC approved it.
The city nazim added that by the Jun 2010, around 5,000 CNG buses would be on city’s road while the federal government has already released Rs 300 million to State Bank of Pakistan for subsidizing the cost of CNG buses.
Signal Free Corridor-IV would be completed by Feb 2011 while two more flyovers have been added to the existing project plan, he said.
The city nazim concluded his speech as he said that people were the best judges to decide about the good and the bad. In today’s time, it has become impossible to conceal anything from the masses.
However, the CDGK alone could not take the credit of all these achievements but the citizens of the city and the national press has played a vital role in this regard.
The city nazim offered his special thanks to Sindh governor Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan, former president Gen. (Retd) Pervez Musharraf and president Asif Ali Zardari for their special concessions and considerations as regards to city’s development.