KARACHI: Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat ul Ebad Khan and Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Friday profusely thanked Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for fulfilling the long-standing demand of the people of Karachi for the Green Line Bus Rapid Transit System.
They were speaking at a gathering here at the ground-breaking ceremony of Rs 16 billion project.
The ground-breaking of the Green Line Bus service was performed by the prime minister here.
Ebad said that the project was a long-standing wish and need of the people of Karachi.
The governor said that the beauty and hospitality of the metropolis had resulted in the rapid increase in its population but no attention had been paid towards the proportionate development of its infrastructure which resulted in a big gap.
“Mr Prime Minister you were kind enough to pay attention towards this,” Ebad remarked adding that `in 2013 you took a bold step to address the law and order problem of Karachi.’
The governor said that all the political and religious parties as well as the stakeholders extended support and under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif, the law enforcement agencies started their work by rendering hard work and sacrifices with the result that the law and order in the metropolis had been restored.
“The credit for this goes to your leadership, Mr Prime Minister, as well as all the political stakeholders of the province and the city,” Dr Ebad added.
He also paid tributes to the Army Chief General Raheel Sharif, Corps Commander, Major General Naveed Mukhtar, Director General of Pakistan Rangers Sindh, Major General Bilal Akbar, who, the governor added, translated the Prime Minister’s resolve on ground, and help overcome a difficult situation of terrorism.
Ebad said that for strengthening law and order situation, development was essential and on this count, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was also forthcoming.
He said that today’s project was a historic one and that the corridor would complete in a year’s time.
“Mr Prime Minister today you have also broken the perception in Karachi or Sindh regarding the Punjab by taking practical steps to address the grievances of this city,” the governor Sindh added.
He said that the operation for resolving the law and order situation in Karachi would be taken to its logical conclusion.
Ebad said that there would be mobilization till March 10 regarding the K-IV bulk water supply for Karachi and that it would be launched around March 23. This is 260 million gallon daily (MGD) water project for the city. With phase two and three of the project it would be of a total of 660 MGD scheme.
He informed that the Prime Minister has decided that the stalled work of the North Bond of Lyari Expressway in Karachi would resume in some 10 days time.
Governor said that work has also been taken up on Orange, Blue, Yellow and Red lines.
He also requested the Prime Minister to expedite the Malir Expressway project as well as the National Highway project.
Ebad was of the view that a decision should also be made that we will ourselves take up the project of the Karachi Circular Railway phase-wise.
In his remarks, Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, termed the Green Line Bus Rapid Transit System as a very important project which was very much needed.
He announced that the Orange Line project would also be taken up soon. Qaim Ali Shah said that Karachi needs water as well as electricity.
He thanked the Prime Minister for taking interest in improving law and order situation in Karachi. There is more than 70 percent success on this count in Karachi and other parts of the province. There is not a single case of kidnapping for ransom in the province which would become a citadel of peace soon. He also praised the efforts and sacrifices of law enforcement agencies.
Sindh CM said that the Motorway project should be from Hyderabad than from Sukkur so that more people could benefit.
PML-N Senator, Nihal Hashmi, thanked the Prime Minister for the development projects in Karachi.
He said that a bold step on the part of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had contributed towards improvements in the law and order situation in the metropolis.
Earlier, Saleh Farooqui, the chief executive of the Karachi Infrastructure Development Company, shed light on the salient features of the project.
The ceremony was also attended by Federal Information Minister, Senator Pervez Rashid, Minister of State for Communications, Abdul Hakeem Baloch, provincial ministers, members of the parliament, and\ high officials.
On arrival, the Prime Minister was accorded a very warm welcome. Earlier, the PM performed unveiling of the plaque and also planted a sapling.