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KARACHI – The 6th Coordination Committee (CC) formed for Sindh and the federal governments has taken major decisions, including the establishment of combined effluent treatment plants, here Sunday at the House of the Chief Minister.

The CC meeting was attended by Chief Minister of Sindh Murad Ali Shah, Federal Minister of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar, Federal Minister of Informatics Syed Amin Ul Haque, Corps Commander Karachi Lt Gen Muhammad Saeed, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Ali Shah, Provincial Ministers Nasir Shah, Saeed Ghani, Administrator of Karachi Murtaza Wahab, Federal Secretary P, D & SI Aziz Uqaili, President P&D Hassan Naqvi, Secretary Transport Shariq Ahmed, Secretary of Government local Najam Shah, Secretary MD Water Board Asadullah Khan, MD SSWMB Zubair Channa, MC Afzal Zaidi, PD KWISSP Salahuddin and others.

The decisions, including the combined effluent treatment plants and the increase in K-IV, that will be made by the provincial government, KPT and other agencies to issue notices of compliance for the Mauripur highway and the project ICI interchange and the Rangers would evacuate the departments of Malir Halt and Mousomiyat for the launch of the BRT. Red Line, a statement said. The meeting participants discussed the issue at length and decided to reduce the right-of-way to 20 feet in which a wall along the Gujjar and Orangi nullahs would be constructed within 2 feet and a 2-lane road would be constructed over 18 feet for vehicle traffic. The PC-1 local government department told the meeting that an in-depth study of 41 KMC nullahs had been carried out by NED University. However, only 25 KMC nullahs were considered critical, requiring immediate rehabilitation.

Decisions, including combined effluent treatment plants, increase in K-IV, will be made by the provincial government, KPT and other agencies to issue notices of compliance for the Mauripur Highway

The Chief Minister said that it was a Rs2 billion project for which Rs1 billion had already been allocated. The project PC-1 has been prepared and sent to the P&D department for approval. The progress of the K-IV project of synchronization in the transport system and the increase coordination points were discussed between the Federal and Sindh governments. During the deliberations it was observed that the K-IV project posed serious problems and in order to solve them it was decided to develop a better coordination between the center and the provincial governments for the execution of the transport systems and increased K-IV. The meeting was informed that the revised PC-1 would be submitted to ECNEC.

The ChMef minister said that regarding the installation of the 50 MW plant, he would discuss with his team. However, the meeting decided to ask all federal government agencies to issue notices of compliance for the K-IV augmentation project to be executed by the Sindh government.

Briefing on relocation assistance and rental of machinery Distributing resettlement assistance checks, 1st and 2nd installments, reconciling expenditure with NDMA, the commissioner said NDMA has released 1.32 billion rupees while NDMA said it had released more. The commissioner claimed that 518.713 million rupees in excess expenditure incurred for the hiring of machinery. The meeting decided that the Commissioner of Karachi and NDMA would meet to reconcile expenses and settle the issue of payment within one week.

The CM said that under the new law on local government, the mayor of Karachi has been appointed chairman of the solid waste management board to ensure proper clean-up of the city.

MD Sindh’s Solid Waste Management Board Zubair Channa briefed the meeting on initiatives taken to dispose of the city’s rubbish, said the clean-up of all areas in Karachi except Central has been subcontracted to reputable foreign companies. The process of handing over the cleanup of the Central District was underway. It was also decided that the issue of regulating the disposal of waste generated by the Cantonment Board and the clearance of unpaid SSWMB dues would be resolved.

The meeting was informed that the Industry Department of the Government of Sindh is sponsoring the agency of the project titled “Establishment of five (05) Combined Effluent Treatment Plants (CETP) for 11.799 billion rupees with respectively 33% from the federal government and 67% of the government of Sindh. The project was approved by ECNEC and the administrative approval of the project was granted on March 12, 2018.

The cost estimates for the components of CETP-2 and CETP-4 with interceptors exceeded the estimates for the various components of the revised PC-1.

CETP-1, 2 and 4 have been included in phase 1 of the project as they have no land issues for the treatment plants or the pumping stations can be started without any obstacles. The revised Rs 18.143 billion PC-I is pending approval.

At a meeting held at Sindh P&D, it was decided to run this project in PPP mode. Therefore, the coordination committee decided to prepare an appropriate presentation for the execution of the project in PPP mode.

In view of Red Line BRTS, the allocation of 52 acres in the possession of CAA for the purpose of relocation of Pakistani Rangers, the Karachi BRT Red Line Project (KBRT) is being implemented with the assistance of AfDB and co-financiers , in particular AlIB, AFD and GCF. The AfDB Board approved a loan for the Red Line BRT project valued at $ 235 million in July 2019. As a result, the project PC-1 was authorized by the CDWP and approved by the ECNEC for Rs. 78,384.33 million (USD 493.51 million). Subsequently, the signing of the Loan took place on June 18, 2020 which became effective as of October 6, 2020.

The issue of Malir Halt and Masumiyat vacations by the Pakistan Rangers was discussed. At this, the Karachi corps commander told the meeting that the Pakistani Rangers would be leaving the depots when the provincial transportation department started working on the Red Line BRT project.

The Sindh government urged federal ministers to order the CAA to allocate 12-14 acres of land out of the 52 acres of identified plots in the CAA’s possession for immediate Ranger relocation to avoid planned penalties. due to occupancy of deposits.

Federal Minister Asad Umer assured the Chief Minister that the issue would be resolved through his office. The meeting was informed that the Request for Proposal (RFP) had been published in June 2021 and that the technical offers had been opened in September 2021 for the Mauripur Expressway & IC Interchange project. Now, there are some issues in free site access at different locations in the project, such as the elevated U-turn, the Lyari Bridge interchange, the Marine Academy overflight, the salt field area, the widening of the Kakapir road and the overflight ICI Flyover Ramp Road widening near Liaisons ICI Intersection and ICI Flyover

Karachi Port Trust, Pakistan Railways and National Highway Authority have some sort of jurisdiction over the above locations of the projects.

In accordance with the project design, certain land in the possession of these departments as well as their NOCs are required. At some point, i.e. HERE Flyover

The project connection is close to PN Boundary and in accordance with their requirements a minimum horizontal clearance of 1.2 meters has been maintained. The Coordinating Committee requested PN, KPT, Pakistan Railway and NHA to issue notices of compliance so that the project can be started.