KARACHI: Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar said on Wednesday that despite shortage of resources all efforts were being made for the betterment of people.

“All these endeavours are aimed at resolving problems of citizens,” he added. He expressed these views while talking to media representatives at the opening of a dispensary in Liaquatabd No.4 which has been named after renowned late Qawwal, Amjad Sabri. The dispensary was opened by the mayor along with the mother, brother and son of Sabri.

MPA Mehfooz Yar Khan, Azeem Farooqui, DMC Central Chairman Rehan Hashmi, Vice Chairman Shakir Ali and others were also present on the occasion.

Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar said death of Amjad Sabri was a big loss for the country. “This dispensary which has been named after him would prove beneficial for people,” he added.

He said this dispensary has been renovated and would be made even better.

Wasim further said that opening of the dispensary was part of the cleanliness campaign during which existing schools, dispensaries, parks and playgrounds were also being upgraded.

Earlier, DMC Central Chairman Rehan Hashmi said this area belonged to the middle class, and approximately 200 patients would be benefitted from OPD of this dispensary daily.

On the other hand, the mayor, while chairing a meeting of the vehicle department, has instructed concerned officials to seize all those vehicles of KMC which were used by former officers and other departments.

He has also directed the department to impose ban on the payment of vehicle’s maintenance bills for three months and take measures to save the expenditures incurred on the purchase of petrol and diesel. The meeting was attended by Deputy Mayor Dr Arshad Vohra, Financial Adviser Khalid Mahmood, Director Municipal services Masood Alam, Director Vehicles Farid Tajik and others.

Wasim also directed the vehicle department to carry out random verification of KMC vehicles and also stop theft of petrol and diesel happening anywhere so that the amount saved in this way could be utilised for cleanliness and other works of public welfare in the city.

He also issued directive for fumigation drive in the six districts of Karachi and repairing and maintenance of snorkels in the fire brigade which, he said, was essential with the arrival of dry and cold season when fire incidents happened more often. The mayor urged the officers to ensure proper and efficient use of whatever resources were available and prevent wastage of funds.

He said the citizens of Karachi had lots of expectations from him and other local bodies’ representatives, and in order to fulfill these expectations, “We will have to take all necessary measures in the larger interest of the city.”