Karachi - Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that he is ready for census in the province.

Talking to media here on Sunday, just after visiting different areas of the city where development works, particularly related to roads, have been launched, the CM said, “Sindh government has already offered to the federal government to start census from here, but the latter failed due to the law and order issues,” he said, and added, “Now when things have improved, and the court has ordered; therefore it would be done and the Sindh government would fully support it.”

He was accompanied by Local Government Minister Jam Khan Shoro, his Adviser Saeed Ghani and senior officers, who are implementing the Karachi Package, on the occasion.

The CM said that he had no idea about the population of Karachi. “Census is most important for nations which help them to do planning for present and future so that the issues related to budget for developmental works and giving political share to each and every city could be settled according to its population,” he said.

He said Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) was running like blood into his body. “It is the PPP which has given me this honour (the position of chief minister), and I am serving people of this province, because it is part of the party’s manifesto and it is the commitment of the party with the people.”

He said that he was thankful to Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq. “But the impression being created that I am working sincerely but the party is creating hurdles is completely baseless, unfounded and an attempt to separate him from the party which is not possible in his life,” he said, and added “I am PPP and PPP is my heart and soul.”

He said there was much hue and cry that the University Road was completely dilapidated. “Today I have come here to start work on it. The project has been divided in two parts: from Hassan Square to Nipa Chowrangi and from there it would go to Safoora Chowrangi,” he said.

Jam Khan Shoro, while briefing the chief minister, said that construction of the road from NED to Safoora Chowrangi, which is around 4.4 kilometers long, would cost Rs777.9 million.

He added that footpaths and a service road would also be built alongside the road.

“We are changing the water line where necessary,” he told the chief minister.

Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said that cleanliness of the city would start from DMC South, because its garbage lifting contract had been awarded to a Chinese company which had already shipped necessary machinery to Karachi and the work would start in January. “This is very sad situation that some people are saying that the work of lifting garbage has been taken away from KMC and DMCs, but as a matter of fact cleanliness work is always outsourced all over the world,” he said, and added that the Solid Waste Management Authority (SWMA) had not taken the powers of DMCs, but the DMCs had requested it to clean their areas.

Talking about powers of the mayor, the chief minister said that this was not a political matter. “These powers have been given to him by the provincial assembly. He is powerful. I am giving him full support, and that he should start serving the people instead of raising this issue off and on,” he said, and added that he had met the mayor and discussed all these issues.

“He wants to serve the people and the same is my agenda. We all are on the same page as far as service to the people of Karachi is concerned,” he clarified.

Murad, while giving credit to former chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, said that all these schemes of Rs10 billion for Karachi had been approved by him. “This is the work which our chief minister had left incomplete, and I am completing it,” he said.

Replying to a question, the chief minister said that the 100 MGD Dhabeji Pumping station work which he had started on Saturday would be completed within four months. “I also assure you that Rs10 billion Karachi package which may cost more that the approved amount would be completed by the end of July,” the CM vowed.

He further said that work on widening of Shahrah-i-Faisal had also been launched.

“Work on stretch of the road from airport to Quaidabad has begun. Before starting the original work, patch work was done to make the road fit for motorists,” he elaborated.

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Murad said that the road from Jamshoro to Sehwan was in bad condition. “It used to take four hours to reach there, but now it is one of the best roads and it hardly takes one-an-half-hour to reach from Jamshoro to Sehwan,” he added.

The CM first went to Tariq Road where work is going on a war footing. Tariq Road scheme also includes widening of the road, replacement of water lanes, construction of storm water lane and footpath.

This scheme would cost Rs516.5 million. It is two kilometer.

The chief minister also went to see the progress and pace of the road from Godra Chowk to Shafiq Mor. This scheme to cost Rs34.5 million. On the way he visited Gujjar Nala at Shafiq Mor where the local government minister Jam Khan Shoro briefed him about the removal of encroachment. The nala has been cleansed. The chief minister on the request of Jam Khan Shoro allowed him to construct road along the Gujjar Nala from where encroachment has been removed.

The chief minister categorically told the PD of Karachi Pacakage Mr Niaz Soomro and his team that he would be visiting the schemes to see their quality and pace of work. “This is very much clear that there would be no compromise of the quality of work,” he said and took him the number of the concerned engineers so that he could remain in touch with them.

“We have started development work every where in the city which would cuase serious problems like flow of traffic and such others, but you have cooperate with the government because all this is being done for you (Karachiites),” Syed Murad Ali Shah concluded.