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Work on Karachi Package phase II to begin on December 15

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KARACHI: (DNA) – Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has asked the local government department to start work on 14 schemes of the Karachi Package’s phase II from December 15. The cost of the mega schemes has been estimated at Rs8 billion. The CM issued the directives while presiding over a meeting to review the progress of the Karachi Package’s phase I and fix the deadline for the start of phase II. The meeting was attended by Local Government Mnister Jam Khan Shoro, Principal Secretary to the CM Sohail Rajput, Local Government Secretary Ramzan Awan, Karachi Commissioner Ejaz Khan, Karachi Package Project Director Niaz Soomro and others.

The schemes on which work has to start within a month include the road from Tank Chowrangi to the Super Highway via Thadho Nalo at a cost of Rs350 million, the Rs280 million scheme of the reconstruction of Tipu Sultan Road from Sharae Faisal to Karsaz, construction of bridges at the intersections of Tipu Sultan Road and Khalid Bin Waleed Road with Shaheed-e-Millat Road at a cost of Rs1.5 billion, widening of Stadium Road at a cost of Rs270 million, the Rs1.5 billion project to remodel 2000 Road in Landhi and widening the road at Cantt station at a cost of Rs240 million.

The schemes also include the Rs200 million construction of the bridge over the Korangi Nullah, construction of a bridge at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Gizri Boulevard at a cost of Rs700 million, the Rs700 million project to construct a stormwater drain at Hassan Square, construction of a drain from Star Gate to Chakora Nullah at a cost of Rs200 million and the Rs400 million scheme to improve water supply to Baldia Town.

The CM discussed the schemes with the participants of the meeting and finalised December 15 as the date the work on the schemes was to be started. “I will perform the launching ceremony and will not extend the date,” he warned.

Shah also directed the opening of one way of the Submarine Underpass on December 15, which would also be the day when work would start on the flyover on Sunset Boulevard. He ordered the relevant authorities to finalise alternative routes for the people living near Sunset Boulevard.

The chief minister was also briefed about the progress of the Karachi Package’s phase I during the meeting. He was informed by Shoro that 82% of the work on University Road between NED University of Engineering and Technology and Safoora Goth had been completed.