The ministry of planning, development, and special initiatives has released a press statement detailing the plans to be carried out with the Rs 1.1 trillion budget that was announced recently for the development of Karachi.
The projects included in the list are the greater Karachi Water supply Project (K-IV), with a budget of Rs 46 billion, Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) with a budget of Rs 300 billion, Railway freight corridor with a budget of Rs 131 billion, Greenline BRT with a budget of Rs 5 billion.
Rs 125 billion to be taken from Bahria town settlement fund
The total cost of these projects is estimated to accumulate to Rs 736 billion. The government has also requested the supreme court to allow it to use the Bahria Town Settlement Fund, up to Rs 125 billion, which will be available within the three years period of KTP.
On March 21, 2019, a three-judge SC bench, headed by former judge Sheikh Azmat Saeed, had approved Rs460 billion offer put forth by the Bahria Town to implement the apex court’s May 4, 2018 judgement in which it was held that the grant of land to the Malir Development Authority (MDA) by the Sindh government, its exchange with the land of Bahria Town and anything done under the provisions of the Colonisation of Government Land Act, 1912 by the Sindh government were illegal and of no legal existence.
PM @ImranKhanPTI announces 1100 billion package to transform Karachi. Projects to be executed under PCIC to ensure implementation. Really hope that all the stakeholders support the package and play their role. Karachi has suffered enough, let’s not play politics or score points. pic.twitter.com/UMSp0y6pUf
— Sayed Z Bukhari (@sayedzbukhari) September 5, 2020
With the Bahria town fund the government hence is responsible for procuring Rs 611 billion, and the remainder Rs 375 billion will be the responsibility of the provincial government.
KRC project issue
One issue that arose during the meetings between the federal and the provincial government was the responsibility of the KRC project. The provincial government wished to take up the project but as per the supreme court and the constitution, the responsibility of all railway networks falls unto the federal government.
Hence, the federal government will be taking responsibility for the completion of the project.
It was cited in the press release that the need for this distinction was to ‘remove ambiguities’ and not political point-scoring as they look forward to serving the people of Karachi.
GVS News Desk