Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah speaks at a press conference at Chief Minister House along with Federal Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar. Image Credit: Supplied

Karachi: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah at a press conference, along with two federal ministers, said that all the concerned stakeholders have been working together in a positive manner to improve the civic infrastructure of Karachi mainly to secure it against urban flooding in the next monsoon.

Sind CM was speaking at a press conference along with Federal Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar and Federal IT and Telecommunication Minister Aminul Haq. Murad Ali Shah belongs to Pakistan Peoples’ Party ruling in the province, Asad Umar belongs to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf having government in the centre, and Aminul Haq belongs to Muttahida Quami Movement Pakistan as the three political parties have stakes in Karachi.

The press conference was held after the federal and provincial authorities attended the meeting of Provincial Coordination and Implementation Committee to review the development of Karachi in pursuance of Rs 1100 billion package announced by Prime Minister Imran Khan last year to uplift the city.

The CM said the federal and Sindh governments together adopted the plan to overhaul storm water drainage system of Karachi so that issue of urban flooding shouldn’t emerge in the next monsoon.

He expressed gratitude to Pakistan Army, National Disaster Management Authority, and Frontier Works Organisation, for rendering assistance to improve the drainage system of the city.

Storm drains

He said the work to overhaul and expand storm water drains of Karachi was progressing well as encroachments were being removed for the purpose.

He said the removal of encroachments had always become a problematic issue in Karachi with adverse reaction from the concerned citizens but this time the same task was being carried out peacefully as the three main political parties had joined hands for the purpose.

“People this time have realised that these stakeholders have been together for uplift of Karachi,” said the CM.

Federal Minister Asad Umar said that people of Karachi had been watching keenly as whether or not the federal, Sindh governments would be able to work together and deliver this time.

He said that both federal and provincial agencies had started working together in a very welcoming manner to secure Karachi before start of the next monsoon in July this year.

“This has emerged as a role model as to how political parties despite having political differences could do development work together for betterment of the city, province, and the country.” he said.