KARACHI - Residents of the Mubarak village on Tuesday demanded immediate end to the unnecessary delay in 60-million project of jetty announced by the Sindh government last year. The oldest coastal suburb of the City was neglected by the authorities concerned while the provincial government had allocated Rs 60 million for the uplift of the jetty last year. According to the villagers, the department concerned had also carried out a survey ahead of the construction of the jetty but work could not be started on this project due to the reason better known to the authorities. Nazim Gabopat Union Council of Kemari Town, Mubarak Baloch, said that work on the project would be initiated this year. It is an important project, which was planned by the fisheries department on the demand of the fishermen community, he said. Baloch added the present government was committed to resolve the problems of fishermen community, who had been neglected for many years. It may be recalled here that city government had assured the villagers of jettys construction five years ago but failed to materialise its promise so far. Situated at a distance of 35 kilometres from the Citys centre, this small but scenic coastal village has been inhabited by fishermen for centuries. With a population of more than 10,000 people, the village is still without basic amenities. The clear coastal waters and mountainous terrain of the village make it an area of outstanding scenic beauty. However, the authorities concerned never bothered to develop it. Demanding immediate construction of a small jetty, the fishermen complained that they had been facing a lot of problems in unloading their catch because of the unavailability of a facility in the area. They usually transport their catch to the Karachi Fish Harbour for auction where they have to sell it to middlemen at throwaway prices. They also pointed out that citizens also use this place for picnic purposes due to the attractive mountains in the area but face numerous problems owing to lack of basic facilities. There are 100 large boats in the Mubarak village, which travel between Gwadar and Karachi, while 300 small fishing boats provide the only source of income for the villagers. Most of us rely on traditionally built small boats and we are unable to carry on fishing activities at the time of high tide, which lasts at least for four months, a fisherman lamented.