KARACHI - President Asif Ali Zardari reiterated the need for vertical expansion of the cities and called upon all the stakeholders to work together to arrive at a consensus decision to encourage construction of high-rise buildings.He was chairing a meeting here at Bilawal House on the construction of high-rise buildings in Karachi, which reviewed the progress made so far on the decisions taken during earlier meetings on the subject.He said that the builders and constructors must be facilitated by removing bureaucratic hurdles and simplifying the procedures for securing the required permissions.The President, during meeting, also inquired about the progress in the work of the committee that was formed to formulate recommendations for grant of permission to construct high rise buildings and the drafting of appropriate legislation and regulations for this purpose.The meeting was attended among others by Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, Secretary General to the President Salman Farrooqui, Sindh Finance Minister Murad Ali Shah, Minister for Local Government Agha Siraj Durrani, Sharjeel Memon, Sharmila Faruqui and other senior federal and provincial officials of the concerned departments.Sindh Director General Building Control Authority Manzoor Qadir while briefing the meeting said that in view of fast-growing population of the metropolis and various departments controlling land use in Karachi, there was a need to adopt unified building by-laws in the entire city. He said that Karachi Building and Town Planning Regulations-2002 may be adopted by all the concerned in order to keep harmony in the construction of the buildings and for the sake of aesthetic view of the City. He said that these comprehensive by-laws were notified after consultation with professional bodies, educationists, stakeholders and other concerned authorities.He said that under the directions of the present government the proposal of High-Rise Corridor in the Karachi was also circulated among professionals, experts, stakeholders and the relevant authorities for their inputs.He informed that Sindh High Density Development Board Act 2010, passed by Sindh Assembly, has been promulgated and High Density Development Board comprising of the Governor, Chief Minister, Local Government Minister, Chief Secretary and Secretary Local Government, Nazim of the respective district, Sindh Building Control Authority director general and EDO of the respective district has been notified. He said that the Government of Sindh has also approved Rules and Procedure for the High Density Zone. Civil Aviation Authority Director General Capt Nadeem Khan Yusufzai also briefed the meeting about the CAA’s viewpoint and put forth various suggestions in this regard.Anti-dengue fumigation in Saddar area: KMC Administrator Muhammad Hussain Syed has issued directives for speedy anti-dengue virus spray in whole city to protect citizens against dengue fever.He was chairing a meeting on present anti-dengue campaign which was attended by Senior Director Municipal Services Dr Shaukat Zaman, Focal Person for the campaign Nauman Arshad, Director Education Shamim Khan, Director Estate and other officers.He instructed officials concerned to ensure inclusion of all KMC run markets, schools and buildings in the fumigation area and to create awareness among the students of all schools. The Administrator said spray campaign in all 147 schools located in the five districts should start from today so that the children could be saved from deadly dengue virus.He however, said though dengue fever was a treatable disease, still it was necessary to diagnose it immediately and correctly. He appealed to the citizens to cooperate with KMC in this connection and make sure that no water was left stayed anywhere near their homes or in the backyards or streets whereas precautionary measures were taken inside the homes.Senior Director Municipal Services Shaukat Zaman informed the meeting about the ongoing fumigation campaign.  He said the spray teams performed fumigation in the Saddar area including Empress Market, Electronic Market, Bohri Bazar, Regal Chowk with the collaboration of DMC South. He said spray was also performed in and around the offices of print and electronic media where staff works round the clock. He said this being the eighth anti-dengue campaign was carried out in all districts of Karachi with the cooperation of concerned DMCs.The Administrator Karachi said despite of having limited resources, KMC was would carry on this campaign as the citizens could not be left on the mercy of dengue virus.He also directed concerned department to ensure full monitoring of the work being carried out so that the campaign could be make a success.He said any negligence or carelessness from the officers or subordinate staff in this connection will not be tolerated and such officials will have to face strict disciplinary action.Muhammad Hussain Syed directed the Senior Director Medical Services to keep him fully informed about the registration of any dengue fever patient in the KMC run hospitals so that further action could be taken.