Karachi: Sindh chief minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has directed local government department to work out a detailed plan for cleanliness of remaining 555 nullas, including 41 of KMC and 514 of DMCs on the same model of Mehmoodabad and other nullas.
“The cleanliness model of Mehmoodabad and Gujra Nullas was a complete package under which not only encroachments along the nullas were removed but the affected people have been compensated and roads are being constructed along the embankments of the nullas,” he added that this model needed to be replicated for undertaking cleanliness of all the KMC and DMCs nullas that the issue of urban flooding could be resolved once for all.
On Friday, CM Sindh Murda Ali Shah, presiding over a meeting of Provincial Coordination and Implementation Committee (PCIC) here at CM House along with provincial ministers Saeed Ghani, Nasir Shah and Murtaza Wahab, Corps Commander Karachi Lt. Gen. Nadeem Ahmed Anjum, Chairman P&D M. Waseem, GOC Karachi M. Aqeel, PSCM Sajid Jamal Abro, VC NED Dr Sarosh Lodhi, Adl Secretary Fed Planning Commission Aziz Uqaili, Commissioner Karachi Naveed Shaikh, secretary Local Govt Najam Shah, Administrator KMC Laiq Ahmed, Secretary Transport Shariq, Secretary Irrigation Saleem Khuhro and through video link chairman NDMA jointed the meeting.
It was discussed that the anti-encroachment drive along the Mehmoodabad Nulla was started on January 4, 2021 and both sides of the nullas, 7.5 km each, have been cleared. Out of 56 compensation cheques, 49 have been distributed. Commissioner Karachi Naveed Shaikh briefing the meeting said that apart from KMC major Nullahs the DMCs have 514 nullas in the city, of them cleanliness work of 298 nullhas would be started.
He added that the cleanliness work would cost around Rs430 million and resources the DMCs would utilize Rs119 million and the remaining Rs316 million were required. The chief minister directed Local Government Minister Nasir Shah to submit the requirement so that funds could be approved and released.
Vice Chancellor NED Dr Sarosh Lodhi told the meeting that the total drainage network of 39 drains was spreading over 229.12 km in length. He said that a detailed survey report already has been submitted on Manzoor Colony drain, Gujjar main drain, Orangi main drain, Gujjar drain distributaries, and Manzoor Colony distributaries. The remaining 25 drains have yet to survey. The VC NED said that Saadi Town was inundated in the last heavy rains when the rainwater had overtopped the Super Highway. He suggested construction of a separate Nullah from Saddi town to discharge it into Lyari River .
he chief minister directed the local government department to work out a detailed plan for restructuring of the nallas as suggested by the NED university. Gujjar Nulla: As per survey 3957 structures have to be removed along the Gujjar Nulla. The length of the Gujjar Nulla is 12.6 km. Soft encroachments removal work has been completed between Feb 8 to Feb 18, 20121 and full -scale encroachment removal is going on from February 19.
Compensation for displaced people:
The chief minister was told that out of 3,957 compensation cheques, 3587 have been distributed among the affected people and the process for handing over the remaining cheques was in progress. Orangi Nulla: Gujjar Nulla, is six km long in district West. 1,013 structures along its embankments have been identified to be removed and all of them have been informed. The soft removal of encroachment has been cleared and full-scale removal has been started from March 2021.Orangi Nulla has a length of 1.6 km in district Kiamari where its 193 structures have been removed. Under the resettlement support compensation cheques being distributed among the affected people.
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