All industrial zone projects to be done by this year: Nazim
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“These areas, including the Landhi industrial zone, Korangi industrial zone, the F.B. Area industrial zone, and the New Karachi industrial zone, have had no infrastructure whatsoever for the past 40 to 50 years, despite the fact that they provide the most export, the most revenue, and the most number of employments (directly and indirectly) than anywhere else in Pakistan,” Kamal said. “Sewerage in these areas either flowed on the road, or people had dug up temporary nullahs for themselves. Their water lines didn’t work, either. Tankers were called in whenever water was needed.”
Projects worth Rs 4.5 billion have been initiated in these industrial zones so that the factories are facilitated, and produce better, more competitive products, Kamal said. These projects have been made according to a 50-year plan and all of them will be completed before the end of 2007.
While on the subject of areas not under the jurisdiction of the CDGK, the nazim reminded everyone about the new storm water drains being laid in Bath Island. These prefabricated pipes cost Rs 180 million. “Also, the project for the Clifton Pumping Station (which hasn’t been touched since 1955) has been awarded, and work will be starting soon,” Kamal said. “Areas in Clifton and Saddar had 24-inch-diameter sewerage and water lines. This caused irregularities in the water supply, and residents got water only on 12-hour cycles. A 48-inch-diameter line, dedicated to Clifton and Saddar, is being laid from near JPMC. The project will be completed before June.”
Moreover, a new water supply line was inaugurated in Gulistan-e-Jauhar later on Sunday. Work on the project, however, had started a week ago. Leaks within the old lines will be fixed, and the line-size increased. The project costs Rs 70 million, and will be completed in three months. “The new pipeline will transport 3 MGD (200,000 gallons) of water per day (in addition to what is already being supplied to the area. After it is completed, every apartment in Gulistan-e-Jauhar will get a regular supply of water,” Kamal said.
A new road will be constructed from Jauhar Morr, all the way to Jauhar Chowrangi, Samama and Pehelwan Goth, and all surrounding lanes and byroads will be repaired.
The nazim also reminded everyone about the new trauma centre at the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. Phase 2 of the project cost Rs 90 million. New equipment has been purchased for a blood bank and a state-of-the-art laboratory.
Answering a question about sewerage issues along the Dr Ziauddin Ahmed Road (behind Shaheen Complex), Kamal said that the project is being worked on right now. “I.I Chundrigar Road will be partially closed for traffic during the time that the project is being implemented,” the nazim said. “We will try to put up alternatives; we understand the importance of the road. For instance, we’ve earmarked nearby plots for temporary parking during that times.”
Source: Daily Times