Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) and Keti Bandar are most important projects, the former would resolve the commuters’ problems in the city and the latter would play vital role in boosting economy of the country in general and of the province in particular.
This he said while talking to Chinese Ambassador Mr Sun Weidong who called on him here at the CM House today. The meeting was also attended by Counsel General of China in Karachi, Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput.
He said that KCR, Keti Bandar and Special Economic projects have been approved within the CPEC framework while the KCR has been has reached at the implementation stage. “I am thankful for your support and cooperation,” he said to ambassador of China.
The chief minister said that the KCR route has been cleared from encroachments and Pakistan Railways was on board for acquiring the 360 acres land for right of way (RoW) for KCR. The Keti Bandar projects is being processed for preparing its feasibility while land has been allocated for China-Pakistan Special Economic Zone at Dhabeji. “Once the feasibility and other approvals of the Keto Bandar and Special Economic Zone Dhabeji are made they would be presented in the next Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting,” he told the ambassador.
The ambassador told the chief minister that at present 20,000 Pakistanis, students and others are living in China. “This kind of mutual understanding for development and prosperity would further strengthen with the completion of the CPEC project,” the chief minister and added that he had personally witnessed that the Thari workers engaged in Coal Mining project and Chinese easily communicating with each other. “This shows that Tharis are also learning Chinese,” he said.
It may be noted that Sindh government through Fed government has already provided Feasibility report of KCR to Chinese Ministry of Transport, tender document has been made ready and by the second week of December 2017 contract would be awarded and the foundation stone of the KCR would be laid at Wazir Mansion on December 25, 2017- the birthday of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
He said that KCR, Keti Bandar and establishment of special economic zine at Dhabejo would usher in new vistas of development and prosperity in the province.
Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah presiding over a meeting on Education dept. expressed his satisfaction on the resumption of classes at Aisha Bawani College. “It was the commitment of Sindh government and support of students, parents, teachers and the civil society that education activities returned to Aisha Bawani, otherwise it would have been turned into marriage hall,” he said.
The chief minister directed the secretary education (both college and schools) to pay special focus on improving educational standard. “This would happen when the teachers would take classes properly, check copies, give home work to students and personally involve in the system,” he said and added otherwise nothing would improve.
The chief minister also issued directives to all the government departments, particularly the education, health and local government departments to properly follow their cases pending in the courts. “Onward I would take disciplinary actions if the any department lost the legal battles in the courts,” he warned.