WB financing vital for infrastructure development in Karachi: Administrator

KARACHI:Administrator Karachi, Barrister Murtaza Wahab on Wednesday said that World Bank financing is important for infrastructure development in Karachi.

“Development in slum areas and implementation of Karachi Neighborhood Improvement Project and water supply projects will benefit the citizens.

The World Bank will provide all possible support to help establishing urban forests to combat climate change,” the Administrator said this while talking to a high-level delegation of the World Bank South Asia Zone in his office here.

Municipal Commissioner Syed Afzal Zaidi, World Bank Director John Roome, Program Leader Abid Khalil, Lead Officer Ipek Alkan, Urban Development Officer Zeeshan Karim, Team Associate Hina Ishaq and others were also present on this occasion.

Murtaza Wahab said that the KMC is working with the support of the government of Sindh to improve the basic infrastructure in various areas of Karachi.

He said that especially the roads and arteries affected by the rains are being made motorable.

He said that Urban Forests are also being established in the city to deal with the challenge of climate change, adding a large number of trees have been planted on the highest point of the city, Kidney Hill.

“The problem of leakage from sewerage lines is also being resolved so that the roads do not affected. Cleaning of all small and large drains for rainwater drainage is also in progress, which has eased the drainage,” he added.

He said that KMC and other organizations including the Sindh government will work together in the projects of Karachi under the World Bank and any problems or obstacles in this regard will be removed at the earliest.

“Government level stakeholders will proceed through consultation and legislation,” the Administrator said. He said that in order to improve the quality of urban facilities, KMC has focused on its resources and the situation is moving towards improvement.

Barrister Murtaza Wahab said that in order to develop the water supply and drainage system in Karachi, it has been decided to make the elected mayor the chairman of the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board and legislation will soon be enacted in this regard.

“Every possible effort is made to spend the money allocated by the World Bank for the development of Karachi in such works that the citizens can get maximum benefits,” the Administrator added.

On the occasion, the World Bank officials gave a detailed briefing regarding the projects to be launched under the World Bank in Karachi and other cities of Sindh.

They said that consultations are ongoing with various high officials of the provincial government as well as with the KMC due its central position so that the work done is complete and sustainable in all respects.

Barrister Murtaza Wahab said that the work of the World Bank will be made easier and the speed of projects be accelerated through mutual communication between different institutions.

He said that there has been some delay due to floods in Sindh, but the situation will improve soon.

The Administrator said that the meetings and contacts with World Bank representatives will continue and further issues will be discussed in future meetings.

“The improvement and development of Karachi is the top priority for which efforts will continue at all levels,” he concluded.