KARACHI - City Nazim Mustafa Kamal has said that the federal government has approved the project of CNG buses for Karachi under which 1,600 buses will start plying in the current year in Karachi. The City government will also bring 100 more buses with its own resources. Federal government will give a subsidy of Rs300 million for 1,600 CNG buses. Addressing a Press conference on Monday evening after the meeting of federal government chaired by Finance Minister Shaukat Tareen, he informed the media representatives that a total investment of Rs3billion would be made in the CNG buses project in current year. The meeting approved all the details of project of CNG buses for Karachi and decided that the State Bank will tomorrow issue a subsidy of Rs300million for this project and the Finance Department will transfer the funds to State Bank. The ministry of petroleum and Sui Southern Gas Company has already sanctioned the quota for running of CNG buses in Karachi while City Government has also approved the modus operandi for the project under which only those companies will be allowed who would run at least 25 buses. Replying a question, he said that the green buses which earlier brought in the city had diesel engines while the buses which will come on the roads next will have CNG and LPG kits and all the parts of these buses will be available in market. On another question the City Nazim said that with the efforts of City Government, projects of Karachi are now beginning to implement. Meeting will be held for implementation of Circular Railway and Bus Rapid System for Karachi on August 17 and 24. He said that we had forwarded the case of Karachi to federal government in which we have got much success and now the other projects will also start coming on the ground. City Nazim specially thanked the President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister of Pakistan Yousuf Raza Gillani for taking interest in the projects of Karachi. He also expressed gratitude to federal finance minister Shoukat Tareen, Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Khawaja Asif, Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah and Minister for Local Government Sindh Agha Siraj Durrani. He made it clear that a total of 4,500 CNG buses will be brought to roads in Karachi with an investment of Rs2.5 billion while 4,000 buses will be plying on other seven cities of the country. City Nazim appeals Industrialists to pay KWSB bills regularly City Nazim Mustafa Kamal has appealed to the businessmen and industrialists to pay the bills of Karachi Water & Sewerage Board regularly and on time. He said that it is in their own interest to enable KWSB to get financial stability and serve the citizens in a better way. He expressed these views while addressing a reception given by Federal B. Area Association of Trade & Industry on Monday. Nazim Karachi said that the water board supply water worth Rs150million to Federal B. Area while it received bills amounting to Rs25million only. The shortfall of Rs125million not only causing loss to KWSB but it is also harmful for the city. He said that Karachi Water & Sewerage Board pays a huge amount of Rs2.5billion for electricity bill. The water has to bring from a distance of 150km through pumping. City Nazim said that it is the duty of every factory owner to pay the bills of water board regularly. The system cannot be run for long if citizens dont pay the bills. He also directed water board officials to tell him next month about the decrease in this shortfall of Rs125million. Nazim Karachi further said more than a billion rupees were spent on the development of Federal B. Area Industrial Zone during last four years. The infrastructure has now been complete in F.B Area and the construction of roads and streets is underway. Had we not done the water and sewerage works earlier it would have been impossible to begin this work. He said that four years back all the industrial areas of Karachi used to submerge in rain water for whole year. We have developed these areas and performed special works there to secure the livelihood of thousand of labor. After wards while talking to media representatives Nazim Karachi said that the present local government system can be amended but it would be great loss to public if it is abolished because the system has proved beneficial to public and needs to improve and solidify further.