KARACHI - Sindh Local Government Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah yesterday announced Rs 150 billion Karachi development package on the direction of PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

“This package includes Rs 45.45 billion for resolving the water issue in the city and Rs 17.364 billion for improving the road infrastructure,” he said.

Addressing a press conference along with PPP Karachi division President Najmi Alam, Waqar Mehdi, Rashid Rabbani and Nadeem Bhutto, the minister said the Sindh government and Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah would form monitoring committees comprising representatives from political parties, civil society and the media.

He said PPP had focused on Karachi during the eras of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto to improve its infrastructure, adding the current Sindh government was also working on it.

He said the Karachi package included Rs 17.364 billion for 78 road infrastructure schemes, Rs 3.803 billion for 10 flyovers, Rs 45.45 billion for Karachi Water Supply Board schemes, excluding K-IV and S-III projects, Rs 6.584 billion for 17 modern parks, Rs 820 million for Rescue 1299, Rs 18.904 billion for 11 fire and disaster management schemes, Rs 28.175 billion for 33 drainage and nullah schemes, Rs 4.6 billion for solid waste management schemes and others.

“The Benazir Bhutto government had announced Rs 121 billion for the Karachi uplift and now Bilawal Bhutto and Asif Zardari have announced Rs 150 billion for the purpose,” he said.

He appreciated the chief minister and Finance Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah who approved this package in spite of not getting due NFC share from the federal government. He said PPP had always won with the people’s backing and this time also it would defeat its rivals.

Speaking on the occasion, Najmi Alam said PPP was committed to the Karachi development and would make it one of the most modern cities of the world.