NDMA, FWO get PM’s nod for unlimited funds to clean up Karachi

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KARACHI: Prime Minister Imran Khan has signed a summary authorising the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) to carry out a cleanliness drive in Karachi with “unlimited funds”, a national daily reported.

The announcement was made by Sindh Governor Imran Ismail while speaking at a press conference at the Governor House with Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar and Leader of the Opposition in the Sindh Assembly Firdous Shamim Naqvi, on Thursday.

“I held a detailed meeting with the PM the other day in Islamabad,” said the governor. “The PM was already very concerned about the situation in Karachi and wanted to see it develop at a robust pace. The crisis [emerging] after the recent rains further made him concerned. He’s clear that the city cannot be left abandoned. So today [Thursday] he signed the summary for long-term solution of Karachi problems.”

He ruled out the move as intervention from Islamabad in the provincial domain which could challenge the authority of the Pakistan Peoples’ Party government in Sindh and called the PM’s decision as the only option left for relief of the people of Karachi. “I ask you what option we have if we don’t do this?” he said in response to a question. “Everyone in Karachi is a witness to how the local bodies system failed in the rains every year. I don’t need to tell you who runs the local government system. I don’t want to involve politics on this occasion.”

Explaining the PM’s plan for Karachi, he said initially the NDMA had been tasked with cleanliness of the city. The PM has also asked the Sindh governor to coordinate between the centre and the provincial government to address problems faced by the people, particularly the urban flood-like situation in Karachi due to the dilapidated drainage system in the city, he added.

“Initially a three-pronged strategy has been devised,” said Mr Ismail. “First we would remove all garbage that came out of the nalas during rains and in the second phase we would clean all those drains. In the third phase a fumigation drive would be initiated across the city. There’s no shortage of funds and it was decided that whatever would be the financial needs, it would be met by the federal government.”

He made it clear that the role of Islamabad in Karachi’s affairs would not be for a short period as the prime minister had issued clear directives for long-term and sustainable solutions. The governor said that during the meeting with the PM, he had informed the premier about the recent spell of torrential rains in Sindh and inundation of Karachi by rainwater due to the dilapidated drainage system in the country’s commercial hub.

The Sindh governor said he also called on President Dr Arif Alvi to discuss the situation in Karachi after the recent rains. They discussed solutions to the issues which have emerged in Karachi after the recent rainfall and reviewed various proposals in this regard, he added.

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  1. Its a big deal if those political persons trying to clean KARACHI CITY.IT SHOULD NOT BE ONLY PLAN.THERE MUST BE PRACTICAL EFFORTS AND WE ARE WAITING🙏🙏🙏🙏

  2. I wish and hope that inshaaALLAH PM will keep his words as people of Karachi supported him and trusted at the time of election but unfortunately none of the practical step has taken by the government instead of continuous war between federal and Sindh government. As a result situation is infront of everyone. If proper solution will not done l have decided being as citizen of Karachi that l will waste my vote next time instead of supporting any so called government at the time of election. Because we r now sick of this situation every government do promises and practical zero.

  3. It’s a repeat telecast every year. Sky high slogans are raised by all the stake holders but eventually it ends up just verbal warfare n a political stunt. All the never seen before politicians surface, just like “barsati mainduks” and start croaking on all media tools and gradually submerge till the next rainy season.

  4. Insha Allah our worthy prime minister will succeed as he is fair and Allah is with fair person. When Allah is with him then none. worries. Pakistan will be best country in the world and we all are with our prime minister defence forces etc. We will make our country second to none. We will implement True Islamic laws in this country and run it according to Holy Quran and Sunna of Holy Prophet Hazrat Mohammed pbuh. Declaring it Riasat Madina means ruling it according to Wish of Allah.May Allah help us and give success at every step of life and hereafter.

  5. I have still faith in our prime minister Mr. Imran Khan, that he will surely deliver. there is still hope, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. IK is a blessing in disguise for us Pakistanis.

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