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1.37 billion approved for reconstruction of SITE Karachi roads

reconstruction of SITE Karachi roads

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has approved Rs 1.37 billion for the reconstruction of all the deteriorated roads of Karachi SITE Industrial Area.

Chief Minister told the delegation that the Sindh government would reconstruct the roads under Karachi Megaproject. The Chief Minister directed the department of the industry to prepare the PC-1 of this project and present it to the department of Planning Development for approval.

He directed the minister of local government, Syed Nasir Shah to assign the job of the road construction to the team of Karachi Megaproject but the process of the construction will be under a committee of the industrialists, the name of which will be forwarded by the SITE Association.

The collection of property tax has also been assigned to the project of Sindh Industrial Trading Estate (SITE) Ltd Karachi.

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The industrialists told the Chief Minister that the condition of the roads was already vulnerable but after the recent heavy rains, the roads have fully been destroyed and at present, the roads are not in a position to bear the burden of traffic, therefore, stressing the reconstruction of SITE Karachi roads.

The delegation also explained that the financial situation of SITE limited is weak because it was overstaffed. Minister Industries Jam Ikram added that the requirement of the employees of SITE limited is 450 employees whereas 1500 employees are working currently therefore, a heavy amount is spent on salaries and pension.

He further said that Sind Small Industries is also facing the same situation as an abnormally big number of people were employed during the era of Pervez Musharraf. The delegation of the SITE association requested to assign the task of tax collection to the SITE limited so that this amount may be spent on the development of the area which was approved by the Chief Minister.

Syed Murad Ali said that not only the roads would be reconstructed rather a proper system for the disposal of the rainwater would also be made.

The decision was made during the meeting with the SITE Association, headed by Qasim Siraj Teli. Other members of the delegation were Zubair Motiwala, Suleman Chawla, Farhan Ashrafi, Javed Balwani, Salim Parekh, Abdul Hadi, and Abdul Rasheed. From the government side, Provincial ministers Saeed Ghani, Jam Ikram, Nasir Shah, Legel Advisor, Murtaza Wahab, Chairman P&D, Muhammad Wasim, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Jamal Abro and Secretary for industry participated.

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