PTI body sends Karachi package recommendations to PM


KARACHI: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Wednesday dispatched new recommendations to Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan for the Karachi package.

The high-powered Karachi Transformation Committee (KTC), which was announced in November 2018, has recommended a 200 billion rupees’ package for Karachi to the premier.

According to the details, the committee has sent its recommendations in three segments of a master plan to address water and sewerage, transport and telecommunication problems of the metropolis.

The recommendations include the plying of 500 buses in the metropolis on a fixed route and launching the Green Line service in the city from May 2019, the provision of 50 fire tenders to the local government by December 2019, and installation of 200 RO Plants to extend an urgent relief to the city by February 2020.

Further, in its water supply related recommendations, the committee has urged for changing the RCC pipe laid in the K-IV canal with HDP pipeline, the establishment of an institute at the NED University to check the water quality and research and a lump-sum package to the city’s water and sewerage board for changing dilapidated underground pipelines.

It is pertinent to mention here that Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Syed Murad Ali Shah, at the time of the announcement of a committee for Karachi’s transformation, had termed the step beyond its constitutional mandate and amounted it to encroaching on provincial authority.

He said that Article 97 of the Constitution clearly states that the authority of the federal government “does not extend in any province in respect to a matter for which the provincial assembly has the power to make laws”.