KARACHI - Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar has said that illegal bus terminals will be removed from the city as they are creating a lot of troubles for the Karachiites.

He said that only legal terminals should be allowed to operate in the city for passenger buses, trucks and other transport means.

The mayor said while chairing a meeting in his office on the transport terminals which was attended by the municipal commissioner Dr Asghar Abbas, city council chairmen of works, land, charged parking, director general works, director anti encroachments and other officers on Thursday.

He reviewed the terminals performance and said that the KMC have 22 terminals including Yousuf Goth Bus Terminal, Zulfiqarabad Oil Tankers Parking Terminal, Maripur Truck Stand and other bus terminals located in the city. He said warehouses which had been established by land mafia in Yousuf Goth illegally will be removed and this land will be used only for the purpose it was allocated.

He said that the Zulfiqarabad Oil Tankers Parking Terminal was ready to operate, “I requested the Supreme Court to take notice of the not shifting of oil tankers in this terminal from many areas of the city and the law enforcement agencies also take action in this regard,” he said.

The mayor directed officers to ensure hundred percent revenue recoveries from terminals run by KMC and the collected amount should be deposited in KMC account only.

He urged the officers to set up duration for achieving recovery targets and the officers concerned make this sure that this target is achieved completely within the given time. He said that the action against encroachments in the city should be carried out on larger scale and all the encroachments be removed immediately. He said that all efforts being made to bring improvement in the city with the cooperation and support of the people and the traders’ community.

Meanwhile, Karachi mayor said that reconstruction of road from Teen Hatti to Gurumandir has been completed with the rehabilitation of underground sewerage system which would facilitate the traffic passing through here and end the traffic gridlock at various junctions of Jahangir Road.

He said this while talking to media during his visit at Jahangir Road to review the reconstructed road. DMC East Chairman Moeed Anwer, Vice Chairman Abdul RAuf, Chairman Works Committee Hassan Naqvi, Director General Works Shahab Anwer and other officers were also present on this occasion.

He said that the road condition in different union councils was very bad which is being made better gradually. Small problems are being given priority in the city. Government should support and help us in the planning and completion of development projects in the city.

He said this road was in devastated condition due to sewerage overflow and various problems existed here including traffic jam especially in peak hours. This road has been reconstructed with sewerage related works under annual development programme with an estimated cost of Rs20 million. The whole project has been finished in three months to provide convenience to citizens.

He said: “We can only do uplift scheme up to the cost of Rs20 million whereas big packages are required for solution of city problems. He said all the elected representatives are working hard to solve the problems of the people of their area and they want to provide as much relief to the citizens as possible.

He said encroachments are also being removed in the city which is established in connivance of the land mafia. The people of the area should also play their role to stop these encroachments so that their area could be saved from this menace.