KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, in order to avoid construction of a high rise on the land of Metropole hotel, has decided to acquire its land and construct a most modern park for children and elderly people.
He took this decision while presiding over a high-level meeting here at CM House. The meeting was attended by Minister Local Government Nasir Shah, CM Advisor Murtaza Wahab, Chairperson P&D Nahid Shah, PSCM Sajid Jamal Abro, Special Secretary LG Niaz Soomro, experts of P&D and other departments.
The chief minister said that the land of Metropole Hotel was located in the center of four most important AND BUSY roads where traffic volume remains considerably high almost round the clock, he said and added “Construction of any high rise building on the land of the [Metropole] hotel would cause further congestion of the traffic in the area and would create serious environmental issues,” he said.
Mr Shah said that he wanted to acquire the land of Metropole hotel where he would construct a beautiful park designated only for children and elderly people. “The construction of the park would be best for environment of the city which was getting more and more polluted day by day,” he said and added onward all the projects would be developed keeping in view the environmental conditions of the city, capacity of the roads and sewerage system and provision of all other facilities.
The chief minister pointed out that the left turning of road from Metropole towards Clifton also remains jammed because the traffic going towards Club Road stops at Signal and blocks the entire turning and cause heavy traffic jam. Therefore, he said that a portion of Sindh Club on the corner may also be acquired for widening of the left turning of the road.
The chief minister directed Commissioner Karachi to talk to the owners of the Metropole Hotel and the Sindh Club management for acquiring their lands and report him within 10 days.
Underpasses: The chief minister said that there was a dire need of two underpasses, one at Abdullah Haroon Road at Metropole Hotel signal to make the traffic coming from Clifton for Saddar signal free and other one may be constructed at Avari Hotel towards Fatima Jinnah Road to give signal free passage to the traffic of Saddar towards Cantt station.
The chief minister directed Chairperson P&D Nahid Shah to prepare estimates and proposals for both the underpasses and submit him for further action.
He said that he was also considering construction of an underpass at Club Road towards Sultanabad to get the traffic between both the hotels signal free.
Bridge: The Chief Minister said that destruction of Korangi Causeway by hill torrential deluge has created serious problems for the for the people of Korangi. It has completely disconnected Korangi from defence area. The alternate route being used by the people of Korangi was passing through industrial area where traffic jam was a routine matter.
He said that he wanted to construct a bridge on the causeway so that flow of traffic and movement of the people could be easy and hassle free.
He worked out the map of the area and decided to prepare a detailed plan after adopting engineering solutions.
The chief minister was told that the Yellow Line project has also suggested construction of a flyover from Baloch Colony bridge to Korangi. This would also cover the causeway. AT this the chief minister directed P&D department to consult with Yellow Line project people and meanwhile he would construct a bridge on the causeway. “I would prepare its sketch keeping in view all the traffic requirements of the area and hand over to the P&D for moving forward through their experts,” he said.
Murad orders KWSB to construct 200 MGD canal from Kinjhar to Pipri for water to city.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has decided to construct a separate canal from Gujjo to Pipri to provide 200 MGD additional water to Karachi and also directed the water board to reduce its 30 percent line losses so that 58 MGD water could also be saved for the city.
He took this decision on Wednesday while presiding over a meeting of Karachi water board to explore ways and means to improve capacity of the existing system of K-I, II and III under which the city received water. The meeting was attended by Minister Local Government Syed Nasir Shah, Chairperson P&D Nahid Shah, PSCM Sajid Jamal Abro, MD water Board Asadullah Khan and Chief Engineer
Briefing the chief Minister MD water Board and Local Government Minister Syed Nasir Shah said that the current water demand of the city was 1200 MGD against which total water supply was around 406 MGD. At this the chief minister said that the situation necessitated to plan, design and implement the water supply projects on war footings.
MD Water board Asadullah said that different systems of bulk water supply provide 406 MGD to the city. They include K-I, 280 MGD, K-II, 100 MGD, K-III 100 MGD, Hub source 100 MGD. This comes 580 MGD agisnt which total losses have been calculated at 30 percent, means 174 MGD.
To a question, the MD said that water allocation for Karachi was 650 MGD. Then the chief minister asked him about the designed capacity of Kinjhar-Gujjo (KG) Canal, the said it was 650. At this chief minister said that when the system has allocation and capacity of 650 MGD why the water board was not improving its system.
He said that if the system was improved the water board would be able bring 200 MGD in the system and if the losses of 174 MD were reduced by 10 percent it would further save 58 MGD. The chief minister directed water board to construct a canal from Gujjo to Pipri with a capacity of 250 MGD water from where it would be pumped in the system already functional city.
Minister Local Government Syed Nasir Shah said that the project would cost around Rs11 billion. Contracts for some of its portion were given for construction 135 MGD capacity canal. The chief minister said it would be of 250 MGD canal. “I would arrange fund but this city need water and other projects are getting late,” he said.
Local Government Minister told the meeting that Pakistan Steel Mill was withdrawing 28 MGD, Port Qasim 7 MGD. At this the chief minister said that Pakistan Steel Mills was not functioning, therefore their requirement must be reassessed. “We are giving four MGD to DHA which is much bigger than the area of Steel Town/ Gulshan-e-Hadeed population, therefore steel mill requirement must be assessed once again,” he said.
To another question the MD water board told the chief minister that 50 percent losses have been recorded from 100 MGD supply from Hub. The chief minister said that these losses must be reduced to five to eight percent. He said he would talk to Wapda authorities for improvement of water conveyance system of their first 16 kilometers and then directed water board to improve its canal to control water losses.
The chief minister directed Chairperson P&D Nahid Shah to prepare scheme for canal construction from Kinjhar to Gujjo and improvement of the exiting conveyance system of water board from Thatta to Dhabeji and from Hub to Karachi. “The water board has to make itself a self-sustained organization,” he said and added “we would be supporting water board but water board will have to improve yourself,” he concluded.