KARACHI – Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah has said that they cannot forget the struggle of Shaheed Abdullah Murad and his devotion and commitment for restoring the democracy and efforts for the betterment of the downtrodden segment of society. He announced that government would distribute the agriculture land of Malir to the poor farmers. “Government has sanctioned the lease to 64 villages of Malir and 50 villages of Keamari Town.”
Addressing the public meeting at Malir on the occasion of death anniversary of PPP slain leader Abdullah Murad on late Saturday night, he said that government did not forget the martyrs of party workers.
On the directives of President Asif Ali Zardari, government is providing flats to the families of PPP’s workers killed in October 18 and December 27 incidents, besides government has also provided jobs to the relatives of PPP’s Shaheed workers, he said.
He informed the residents of Malir that government had spent Rs300 million rupees for the development of infrastructure, schools and hospitals in district Malir. PPP-led Sindh government has started construction work on a hospital in district Malir.
Sindh Assembly Speaker Nisar Khuhro, PPP Balochistan President Nawab Lashkari Raisani, PPP Karachi President Najmi Alam, and others addressed the meeting.
Sindh govt to gear-up work on uplift projects
An important meeting of Sindh government was held to review a number of development projects for Karachi city carried out by Sindh government and CDGK, The Nation has learnt. The meeting was presided over by chief secretary Sindh.
Sources in the Sindh government said that in light of President Asif Ali Zardari’s orders on various development projects, the meeting was held few days back and important decisions were taken to run the projects.
The meeting reviewed those important projects which are delayed since long and the President directed to initiate the development work on these pending projects including Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) as the project will be revived with international help and President Zardari already directed that a re-settlement plan should be prepared immediately for people living along the route.
Trees plantation campaign across the City, especially Neem tree, was discussed in the meeting in detail. It was directed that Neem tree would be planted in the area of 15km around the City. It was further decided that the trees would also be planted at educational institutions, government buildings where enough space is available including police headquarters in Garden, Police Training School in Saeedabad and Razzaqabad. Administrator CDGK was directed to carry out massive plantation in Karachi, sources said.
It was decided that number of trees in various parks of the City including proposal for 20 million more trees to be planted on major roads of Karachi city may be considered urgently.
It was decided that public facilities such as parking, washrooms, cafeteria and children amusement, proper security arrangements may also be planned in all the parks of the City and directives have been issued for this to Secretary Forest, administrator CDGK, director horticulture CDGK.
Proper study on environmental effects of trees and plants in the proposed parks should also be carried out and directives have been issued in this regard, sources said.
The meeting also discussed Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Park, which would be developed at Boat Basin Clifton on 152 acres. The meeting discuss that Boat Basin needs to be renovated and made navigable by small boats.
The meeting also reviewed the River Valley Park, beautification of Lyari River, Night Safari park, Karachi Central Park, National Park Karachi at Gutter Baghicha in Lyari, Karachi animal park at Karachi Zoological Garden, Manghopir Resort at Hub Reservoir on Mangopir, Jahangir Park Saddar Karachi, Polo Ground in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Hill park Karachi, Karachi Light Train (LTR) from Sohrab Goth to Tower as a first phase and Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS).