KARACHI - Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah on Thursday directed the concerned officials to expedite work on the construction of new chief minister secretariat with an amount of Rs2,000 million and repair and renovation of old one with an amount of Rs100 million.

He was presiding over a meeting at the CM House on Friday to review the PC-I prepared for construction of new Chief Minister Secretariat and repair and renovation of existing Chief Minister House.

Secretary to Sindh CM, Alamuddin Bullo, Works and Services secretary Kazi Shahid Pervaiz, SE W&S Zahid Shah and other officers and concerned consultants attended the meeting and briefed the chief minister about the scheme. The CM directed the Karachi Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner South and Sindh Advocate General to get the provincial government’s plot along with the existing CM House and reserved for new CM Secretariat by vacating it from the local hotel.

He said this plot was the Sindh government’s property. He expressed surprise that as to why it is being used by the local hotel when the possession of this plot was already with the Sindh government. He said it was negligence and whosoever responsible for this would be taken to task according to law.  Qaim directed the architecture/consultant to revise the present PC-I of the project of the new CM Secretariat which would be constructed on 26,000 sq ft and make it more beautiful and accommodative for better working environment.

He also directed the officers/engineers also to revise their PC-I for repair and renovation of the existing CM House and ensure that its present shape remain intact in original shape. He said the existing building was the historical asset of Sindh which will be maintained and preserved at any cost. However, the roof treatment, strengthening of all joints and inner decoration of the building is needed.

Meanwhile, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation Administrator Rauf Akhtar Farooqui said work on Mehran underpass and Shaheen Complex flyover will begin in next three months.

Resources were available in KMC for these projects, however, some technical aspects and alteration in designing caused delay in start of these projects but after solving these issues, there was no problem in the launching of development work.  He expressed these views in a meeting of divisional coordination committee, said a statement on Friday. He said that the widening of Sharah-e-Faisal was presently not possible due to its land controlled by different bodies.

KMC was carrying out anti encroachments work throughout the city to clear all roads and pavements from encroachments, he added. He said that complaints regarding broken roads were due to leaked sewerage lines or other such faults therefore it would be like wasting funds if their carpeting or patch work was done without correcting the sewerage system first.

Referring to development works in the city, the administrator said completion of Mehran underpass and Shaheen Complex flyover would help solving the traffic related problems in the area. He said implementation on other projects of flyovers, underpass and major roads would bring a change in the city. He said it would need some time to bring all the concerned bodies on one page for working on the widening of Sharah-e-Faisal as the land control on this corridor was with different organisations.

Rauf Akhtar Farooqui said the KMC was spending huge amount on the repairing of roads but the correction of sewerage system must be done first before starting work on road carpeting and patch working to make them durable.