Govt discusses uplift plans of Sindh with Chinese experts

KARACHI: A meeting with a Chinese expert group on long term plan of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was held here Tuesday in the cabinet Room of Services General Administration & Coordination Department (SGA&CD) Sindh Secretariat Karachi under the chairmanship of Mohammad Waseem Additional Chief Secretary (Dev).

The meeting was attended by Member, Infrastructure, Planning and Development Division, Government of Pakistan, Secretary (GA), Transport and Local Government Departments, Karachi Water & Sewerage Board, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation, Public Health Engineering Department and Senior Officers of Planning and Development Department and other officers.

Detailed presentation was given on Sindh Development Vision 2025 by Secretary, Planning and Development Department, which highlighted the development vision of Sindh Government along with challenges and targets of major sectors such as Energy, Health, Education, Industry, Agriculture, Irrigation, Population welfare etc. The secretary concluded that Sindh Vision would be achieved through combination of Public investment, reforms, public private partnership, legislation, harmony among citizen, group and leadership to put the province on trajectory of growth socio-economic development and prosperity.

Director General Board of Investment gave presentation on investment opportunities in Sindh and the Government support such as license, clearance, availability of land and utility service etc for facilitating the local and foreign investors.

Province of Sindh has three Special Economic Zones (SEZ) i.e. Bin Qasim and Korangi Industries Parks run by private sector Khairpur Special Economic Zone run by Government of Sindh. The key advantages of Sindh in General and Karachi in particular is being the Financial and Economic Hub. Sindh has high potential for energy production from Thar Coal as well as Wind.

The Director UP&SP added that they prepare polices, strategic plans, legal framework to suggest ways and means of implementation of development project for effective and planned urbanization in Sindh. He said they are concentrating on the secondary cities and have completed the Master plan for Larkana & Sukkur and started the process of preparing Master Plans for 19 Districts. He also informed the participants about the preparation of the Housing Policy and sanitation policy.

Secretary Transport gave briefing on Karachi Mass Transit. He informed the status of Karachi Circular Railway (KCR), 2 MRT lines and 6 BRT lines. He said that Federal Government will take one of the BRT lines i.e. Green line; whereas the Government of Sindh has initiated the work on Orange line. Chinese investors showed interest in Mass Transit.

The Deputy Managing Director, KW&SB gave detailed presentation on the Water Supply and Sewerage system of Karachi. He informed that the against the demand of 1080 MGD, currently only 455 MGD is available leaving short fall of 625 MGD. He informed that KWSB has initiated a mega project of K-IV, having total design capacity of 650 MGD in three phases i.e. 260 MGD, 260 MGD and 130 MGD. The 1st phase of 260 MGD costing Rs.25.551 billion has already been approved by ECNEC. For sewerage system, he informed that another mega project S-III is on-going and would enhance the sewerage capacity up to 500 MGD.

The Director Public Health Engineering Department gave the presentation on the Water Supply and Sewerage system of Cities and Town of Sindh other than Karachi and Hyderabad. The Chief Engineer KMC highlighted the major infrastructure projects being executed in Karachi.

The Chair highlighted the Go-Strategic importance of Karachi due to 2 Sea Ports etc. He further emphasized that the Chinese Expert Group should take into consideration important energy and infrastructure development projects of Sindh and included them in China Pakistan Economic Corridor priorities. ACS (Dev) also briefed them about the initiatives of the Provincial Government for improving the Road Infrastructure, energy Sector, Transport etc. Planning and Development Department will further share its input with the Expert Group.

After the presentation an extensive question and answer session was held followed by comments by team leaders, CPEC and vote of thanks by Additional Chief Secretary (Dev).

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