KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah inaugurated development projects worth Rs5.9 billion at a ceremony presided over by the Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
Speaking to leading businessmen, the chief minister criticised the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led federal government for doing little for Sindh.
He said projects such as Green Line and Manghopir Road reconstruction were launched by the last PML-N federal government.
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But despite being a great champion of the rights of Karachi, Prime Minister Imran Khan had not initiated a single project in the metropolis nor has he completed the projects previous government had initiated.
The chief minister said that he had conducted a Karachi diagnostic study by the World Bank which revealed that around Rs1 trillion was required to develop the teeming megacity.
“The mayor of Karachi today visited me and demanded Rs2bn for the development, which I gave him but simultaneously told him that the amount was peanuts for this megalopolis,” he said.
CM Sindh said he had launched 36 schemes under the Karachi mega-projects initiative and most of them had been completed.
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He said Shahrah-e-Faisal road had been reconstructed, widened with construction of storm water drains, which happened for the first time after ex-PM Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had constructed it in the 1970s.
About the development projects, CM Sindh said it was a proud moment for him to celebrate successful completion of signature projects initiated by the Sindh government for the citizens of Karachi.
He said there was an “exhaustive” list of the projects which were recently completed. He quoted widening and improvement of Shahrah-e-Faisal, University Road from Hasan Square to Safoora Goth, Hub River Road, and Madinatul Hikmah Road.
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This also includes road from the Fountain Roundabout to Karachi Zoo, beautification of the Cantonment Railway station and improvement of the surrounding areas, Drigh Road underpass and Manzil Pump flyover.