Sindh Chief Minister seeks World Bank assistance to revamp Karachi’s drainage system

Karachi: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has sought the assistance of the World Bank to completely revamp the drainage system of Karachi in accordance with the international standards so to avoid urban flooding during monsoons.

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Shah sought assistance to this effect as he met World Bank’s Country Director Najy Benhassine here at CM House.

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The CM informed the senior World Bank official that the country’s prestigious institution of engineering education in Karachi-the NED University of Engineering & Technology-was conducting a thorough study on the drainage system of the city to improve it.

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He said the study by the NED University would be completed in next two months as later on revamping of the city’s drainage system would be carried out.

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He said that urban flooding in Karachi during recent monsoon rains had caused much devastation.

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Widespread devastation

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Similarly, the CM said, assistance of World Bank was also required to remove defects in the design of the 385 kilometres-long Left Bank Outfall Drain (LOBD) in Sindh in view of the widespread devastation caused by monsoon rains in Mirpurkhas Division of Sindh.

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He said that during the recent rains the design defects in LOBD had caused flooding in several villages.

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The Country Director of the World Bank assured the CM that they would provide full assistance to the Sindh government for revamping drainage system of Karachi and to remove the design defects in the LOBD.

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Similarly, the CM requested the World Bank to expedite the work on the design of the 22 kilometres-long Yellow Line section of Bus Rapid Transit System that will be built in Karachi with a cost of Rs 22 billion.

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The CM said on the occasion that a survey would be conducted with the assistance of World Bank to enhance property tax collection in Karachi.

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He said that annually just Rs two billion property tax was collected in the city, which was way too less given the massive population and size of the provincial capital.

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He said that improvement in property tax collection would go a long way in financially strengthening the municipal agencies of the province.

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He said that after Karachi, he wanted to conduct a similar survey in Hyderabad to enhance property tax collection in the second biggest city of Sindh.

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