Administrator Karachi Meets Industrialists & Traders Gas Shortages, Waste Management, L&O and KCR Stressed
Karachi (PR): Mr. Irfan Iqbal Sheikh, President FPCCI, has expressed his profound concerns over the chronically abysmal state of affairs of Karachi’s commercial infrastructure, civic amenities, poor law & order, grossly-insufficient public transport, accumulation of solid waste across the length & breadth of the city for years and, above all, gas load shedding, causing billions in losses to Karachi’s industry every month. He was speaking on the occasion of Administrator Karachi’s visit to FPCCI Head Office.
Mr. Irfan Iqbal Sheikh added that he has not seen such a neglect of any other country’s commercial, industrial, trade, financial and economic hub & most populous city. He noted that it gives a really bad impression to B2B delegations, investors, entrepreneurs and potential setting up of JVs.
Mr. Suleman Chawla, SVP FPCCI, apprised the audiences that the business, industry and trade community does not want to highlight the issues only; but, they want to discuss the pragmatic & strategic solutions with the administrator Karachi as well. He called upon more allocations and transparent & equitable spending on Karachi from federal divisible pool and provincial budget for the metropolitan city of Karachi.
Mr. Murtaza Wahab noted that despite contributing 60 percent of the total domestic supplies of gas, Sindh province is being subjected to the worst gas load shedding and other supply disruptions as well. He also informed the session that Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) has enhanced its capacity to pick up solid waste from Karachi to 7000 tonnes per day; and, he is striving hard, given the scarce financial resources, to achieve optimal capacity as soon as possible.
Administrator Karachi also apprised that plan for Karachi Circular Railway will be revealed in a month and in a 24 months’ time, Red Line project will be operational with the help of Asian Development Bank (ADB). He criticized that changes & amendments carried out in Karachi’s master plan during the tenures of his various predecessors; as he feels that they did not plan for the future generations and gave up in front of various political pressures & expediencies of their times.
Mr. Murtaza Wahab called upon a unified and coherent approach through the means of taking ownership of the shortcomings & issues by all the stakeholders – federal government, provincial administration, KMC, business community, bureaucracy, judicial system and general public to resolve the chronic & myriad issues of Karachi
Brig Iftikhar Opel, SI (M), Retd.