KARACHI: Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair said in a press conference on Wednesday that the work on two roads, four mega projects, procurement of modern firefighting equipment and three flyovers would begin next week.
The governor said that the projects were worth Rs2.61 billion and were not in violation of the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) code of conduct because they would be carried out under the Rs25 billion Karachi Development Package which the prime minister (PM) had announced last September.
Other projects under the package such as the Lyari Expressway had been completed while K-4 water projects and Green Line Metro had been delayed due to infrastructure issues, added Zubair. He also said that the federal government would complete all metro stations from Gurumandir to New Karachi and hand them over to the Sindh government by June.
Governor Zubair said that two LNG terminals had become operational at Port Qasim, while over five billion dollars had been spent on 1,320MW power projects in Thar.
After the 18th Amendment, development projects came under the purview of the provincial governments but the federal government had initiated uplift projects, especially in Karachi, to provide relief to the people, added the governor.
Zubair also said that the federal government wanted to start more projects in Karachi pertaining to road reconstruction, water supply and sewerage but the ECP had placed a ban on initiating new projects ahead of the upcoming general elections.
The governor lamented that Sindh was too far behind in the quality of education.
Governor Zubair added that it was the responsibility of all political parties to cooperate with law enforcement agencies for the sake of peace in Karachi.