KMC seeks ADB support for mass transit, drainage projects

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Karachi : Comprehensive studies about the Karachi Mass Transit System and Water Drainage System have been conducted in the light of Master Plan-2020 and these projects could be completed with the extensive cooperation of the Asian Development Bank, Administrator KMC Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi told an ADB delegation on Wednesday.

 

The delegation was headed by ADB Director Urban Development and Water Division for Central and West Asia Anand Chiplunkar.

 

The KMC Administrator told the ADB delegation that the basic infrastructure of the city was being improved under a comprehensive master plan and work on various projects was underway which would be completed soon.

 

He said that the KMC was carrying out several development projects under the public-private partnership policy for which various national and international organisations were extending cooperation.

 

He expressed the hope that after conducting study the ADB would support the KMC on the projects like mass transit and storm water drainage system so as to make them operational.

 

The Mass Transit System and Karachi Circular Railway projects have attained vital importance owing to poor transportation facilities in the metropolis.

 

Hashim Raza told the delegation that all studies regarding the Karachi Mass Transit System were available under which six corridors would be constructed in the city, adding that the JICA was extending cooperation for the Karachi Rapid Bus Transit System and the Karachi Circular Railway projects and considerable progress has been made in this regard.

 

He said that the corridors for mass transit system were recommended as per the requirements of Master Plan-2030, besides the city needs the construction of sewerage and storm water drainage system on modern lines.

 

The administrator said that there exist 13 big nullahs of 40km length which have been choked due to constant disposal of garbage there, and sought ADB’s assistance for restoring these nullahs in proper condition.

 

He told the delegation that a British company in collaboration with the Sir Syed Engineering University and the University of Karachi was conducting detailed study for improving solid waste management system in Karachi, following which measures would be taken to devise a solid waste management system on modern lines.




Courtesy:  The News


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