Coordination Committee decides activating parking plaza, anti-ancroachment drive in Saddar and handing over charged parking to CPLC

Karachi: Karachi Divisional Coordination Committee consisting of over 25 federal, provincial and local departments including cantonment boards, which met here with Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui in the chair on Friday, decided that Preedy Street Parking Plaza would be made functional by July 5 in view of the rush of buyers and vehicles during the Holy month of Ramadan in Saddar area.

The Committee also decided that in future, the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation and Cantonment Boards will not build any Parking Plaza without consultation with traffic police and other concerned departments. Moreover, the Sindh Building Control Authority will not approve the building plan without NOC issued by utility agencies.

The meeting also reviewed contingency plan for monsoon season and decided that the contingency plan prepared by different agencies would again be examined during first week of July keeping in view the meteorological department’s forecast so that full preparations could be made for draining out rainwater.

Some agencies told that main storm water drains like Chakor Nullah, Golden Nullah, Nabi Bux Nullah, PAF Base Masroor Nullah, Awami Colony, Cattle Colony, 12000 Road and several other drains are filled with garbage and in case of heavy rains the drains would overflow and submerge surrounding residential areas. The traffic police identified 130 locations of the city that are flooded during the rains that cause traffic mess.

Commissioner Siddiqui directed the Deputy Commissioners of five city districts to look into the matter urgently and show results in 24 hours. He also directed the concerned authorities to take measures for draining out rainwater from the locations identified by traffic police.

Commissioner noted that encroachment was one of the serious issues of city and urged all agencies to work in coordination for bringing an end to encroachments. The Committee decided to launch operation for removing encroachments from Saddar area.

The meeting decided further that the KMC and Citizen Police Liaison Committee will hold consultation on charged parking issue and certain areas of city would be handed over to CPLC to run them as ‘Role Model’.

Measures against spread of dengue, improving siren system of civil defence, beefing up security at commercial areas, mosques, seminaries and Imam Bargahs and other matters were also discussed.

The representatives of Karachi Port Trust, KESC, Port Qasim, CPLC, Sindh Building Control Authority, Lyari and Malir Development Authorities, Cantonment Boards and others attended the meeting.