KARACHI: Mayor Wasim Akhtar said on Tuesday that the elected local government representatives should instead of indulging in politics focus on the progress and development of the city to play their role in the betterment work.
He expressed these views while addressing a meeting of the chairmen of various committees, city council members and city councillors elected on reserved seats at Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) Sports Complex.
He directed the municipal officers to be present in their respective departments during the duty hours.
The mayor said that people cannot be divided on the basis of politics, and if anyone wanted to do politics, then he/she should leave the job.
“We have the responsibility of KMC and we have a lot of issues including problems with garbage, sewerage, water and other acute issues,” he maintained.
He said that development works are being carried out in the city and this is our duty to monitor and oversee such works.
District Management Committee (DMC) East Chairman Moeed Anwer, DMC Korangi Chairman Nayar Raza, City Council Parliamentary Leader Abdul Salam Shah Afridi, Land Committee Chairman Abdur Rasheed Hassan, Law Committee Chairman Advocate Arif Khan and a large number of city councillors attended this meeting.
Wasim Akhtar said today’s meeting has been called for taking into confidence the elected representatives at the start of new projects funded by KMC and to ask are for suggestions that which projects should be completed on a priority basis in the city.
The city council members were given funds of up to Rs25 million for development projects so that they could carry out development works in their union council. He said ADP project includes the projects of all union councils and local government representatives should be allowed to work for the city.
He stated that he is not afraid of being de-seated and all local government representatives are with me. Reminding that he is Karachi’s mayor, he said that he would continue to work for the city.
He stressed today’s meeting was not a power show but was called to review development works in the city.
He concluded by saying that the citizens are experiencing betterment in the city and the district chairmen are working day and night to solve the problems of the people.