KARACHI: Administrator Karachi Rauf Akhter Farooqui said negative propaganda was being carried out against Karachi under a conspiracy which was resulting in as a loss for the city. Karachi, which was bigger than 80 countries in the world, needed resources according to its requirement.
“The budget for Karachi in 2007-08 was Rs42 billion, while in 2014-15 it has been reduced to Rs6 billion. How could the issues of citizens be resolved in such a situation? Even a small road or flyover could not be constructed in less than Rs600 million,” he said this while addressing a reception given in his owner by Federal B Area Association of Trade and Industry.
President of the association Sheikh Muhammad Tehseen, Assistant Commissioner Gulberg Sumera Hassan, Noor Ahmed Khan, Javed Ghouri and other relevant officials were also present on the occasion.
Farooqui said if Karachi was generating 70 percent of revenue for the country that was because of traders and industrialists only and traders’ raising voice at higher levels in favour of Karachi’s progress surely had an impact. However, it was worrying fact that federal government was not demonstrating generosity towards the city.
He said the water project of K-4, which had been planned, was not yet started. If it started that day it would be completed after 5 years.
The administrator said the government machinery worked day in and day out for the progress of the city. The industrial zones of Karachi provided 70 percent revenue to the national exchequer and this could increase further if they were given more facilities. However, we did not have the resources for this.
“Only 40 percent garbage is lifted out of 15 thousand tons due to reason that the municipal administration does not have sufficient number of vehicles. So, problems could not be solved without having resources for it,” he said.