KARACHI - City Mayor Wasim Akhtar on Tuesday announced his 100-day plan for improvement of civic facilities in the city and demanded that the federal and the provincial government pay attention to development in the port city.

He stated this while addressing a press conference at the KMC building. Opposition Leader in Sindh Assembly Khawaja Izhar-ul-Hassan, Faisal Sabzwari, Amin-ul-Haq, parliamentary leader in city council Aslam Afridi, Arif Khan Advocate, DMC Central Chairman Rehan Hashmi, DMC East Chairman Moeed Anwer, DMC Korangi Chairman Nayyar Raza and others were also present on this occasion.

Akhtar said that a 100-day cleanliness campaign was starting in Karachi from December 1 despite the fact that the city government had limited resources and powers. He said the Muttahida Quami Movement had taken part in local government elections despite limited resources and won the elections with a majority. “We want to take all political parties, religious parties and people of all schools of thought on board for development in the city.”

Akhtar said that Karachi had run the country and Sindh, but unfortunately the port city did not get its share despite generating massive revenue and tax. He said that progress of Karachi would lead the country to further prosperity. He said, “The metropolis is in need of immediate attention of federal and provincial governments to resolve its issues. We requested the prime minister of Pakistan to announce special packages for Karachi. Federal and provincial governments were also requested to provide us at least resources that can meet city’s needs,” he added. The city mayor said he knew it well that elected local government representatives had no resources and only limited powers, but “our passion and spirit has no limits”. Therefore, he said, the government should use this passion for development of the city.

Talking about the 100-day plan, Akhtar said that cleanliness, sanitation and road infrastructure would be improved within these 100 days. He said that initially the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) would focus on three district municipal corporations (DMCs) of the city -- East, Central and Korangi – and use all its energy for their betterment. “In the long run, we will carry out exemplary development activities in all six districts of the city,” he said.

The MQM leader said that KMC would set up a dispensary and a school in every district of the city. He said that district governments had saved millions of rupees by curbing corruption. He said that hourly parking system generated millions of rupees in revenue.

On the occasion, Opposition Leader in Sindh Assembly Khawaja Izhar-ul-Hassan said that Karachi had become a hub of problems due to the negligence of rulers for the last eight years. He said that Karachiites were optimistic about development under the newly-elected local government representatives. He said that only MQM could take revolutionary measures for the city. He said that work on dilapidated roads, sanitation schemes and other projects would begin in selected union councils from December 1. He invited all political parties to come forward and join hands with the MQM for Karachi’s development.