Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has said that the Sindh government is working to transform Karachi into a more livable, green and resilient metropolitan city by formulating and following the well thought out Karachi Transformation Strategy (KTS). The objective of the KTS is to improve the city’s physical and socio-economic infrastructure and services delivery in water supply and sanitation, transportation, urban spaces, and institutional strengthening and transformation.
This he said while addressing the launching ceremony of Educational and Cultural Zone – Saddar under the World Bank-assisted Karachi neighbourhood improvement project (KNIP) at Burnes Garden Monday evening.
The programme was attended by provincial ministers Nasir Hussain Shah and Sardar Ali Shah, Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon, World Bank Country Director Patchamuthu Illangovan, Planning and Development Chairperson Mohammad Waseem, Principal Secretary to the CM Sohail Rajput and others.
He said that the World Bank has engaged itself in the KTS to support the Sindh government’s vision and has carried out a comprehensive Karachi City Diagnostic (KCD) programme. The KCD is an unprecedented endeavour to collect comprehensive data on the city’s economy, livability and key urban infrastructure, providing an overview of the challenges and opportunities facing the metropolis and estimates of investment levels needed to bridge the infrastructure gap and improve the metropolitan region’s economic potential.
In light of the depth and scale of the city’s challenges in terms of policy reforms, institutional governance and infrastructure needs, the provincial government and World Bank have agreed to launch a dual-track approach.