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PM announces Rs162bn development package for Karachi

KARACHI: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday announced a Rs162 billion development package for Karachi which will be funded by the federal government.

The development package comprises grants for 18 projects including transportation and water provision.

Prime Minister Imran Khan announced the package in Karachi during the meeting of Karachi Transformation Committee, which he chaired himself.

He said that out of the 18 proposed projects, 10 are related to the development of the public transport network in the city. Seven other projects are related to the water and sewerage infrastructure.

He regretted that no plan to preserve water had been formulated by previous governments and urged the committee to start a campaign to conserve the resource.

He underlined the need to prepare a master plan for Karachi. He directed the authorities to put in place an interim plan to address the pressing challenges that the metropolis is facing. He promised that he will cooperate with provincial authorities in every way to ensure the development of Karachi, which, he said, was vital for the progress of the country.

Prime Minister Khan announced that a university will be built in Hyderabad and reverse osmosis plants will be installed in areas of Tharparkar.

Later in the day, the prime minister inaugurated Bagh Ibne Qasim, where he stressed the importance of planting trees and “saving the green areas” in Karachi.