Qaim seeks Chi­nese help to build Kand­kot-Ghotki bridge, other dev projects


KARACHI—Sindh Chief Min­is­ter Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that his gov­ern­ment has de­cided to con­struct an­other bridge on River In­dus to con­nect Ghotki with Kandhkot and sought co­op­er­a­tion from China in var­i­ous in­frstruc­ture de­vel­op­ment.

This would be a revo­lu­tion in the area to carry traf­fic of Sindh-Pun­jab and Balochis­tan apart from fa­cil­i­tat­ing the peo­ple of two dis­tricts.

This he said while talk­ing to a sixmem­ber Chi­nese del­e­ga­tion of Ranken Rail­way Con­struc­tion Group Co. Ltd who called on him at CM House here on Thurs­day, said a state­ment. The del­e­ga­tion was led by Tang Jikai and other mem­bers were Li Yang, Yao Lang, Yao Lan, Wang Jue, Wang Lei, Wang Changqi.

The chief min­is­ter was as­sisted by Sec­re­tary Fi­nance So­hail Ra­jut and Chief Min­is­ter’s ad­vi­sor on In­spec­tion & In­quiries Haji Muza­far Shu­jrah.

The Chi­nese del­e­ga­tion said that they have ex­per­tise in bul­let train, cir­cu­lar rail­ways and con­struc­tion of roads and bridges.

He said that they have stud­ies the re­quire­ment and rid­er­ship pri­or­i­ties of dif­fer­ent cor­ri­dors. The CM Sindh said that his gov­ern­ment has con­structed two bridges on River In­dus, one at Thatta-Su­jawal and other one at JhirkMula Ka­tiar which is near com­ple­tion.

“We have planned an­other bridge on River In­dus at Kandhkot-Ghotki, which would be 1.5 kilo­me­ter long and would ease traf­fic flow of Sindh, Pun­jab and Balochis­tan and also re­duce long dis­tance of over 75 kilo­me­ters be­tween Ghotki and Kandhkot,” he said.

He added that this bridge would be launched un­der Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ship mode be­cause it would have im­mense com­mer­cial trans­port. “I would like to in­vite you to par­tic­i­pate in its bids to be in­vited in the third week of July,” he said.

Syed Qaim Ali Shah also said that Karachi’s gen­uine need is a wellplanned and state of the art cir­cu­lar rail­way to pro­vide ef­fi­cient, ef­fec­tive and fast trans­port fa­cil­i­ties without cre­at­ing any sort of pol­lu­tion.

The del­e­ga­tion showed their in­ter­est in cir­cu­lar rail­ways and KandhkotGhotki bridge on River Iudus and they fixed their meet­ing with Sec­re­tary Fi­nance So­hail Ra­jput who also heads Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ship Unit to dis­cuss work­ing part­ner­ship.

Syed Qaim Ali Shah also said that Sindh gov­ern­ment was also work­ing on en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues.

He said that keep­ing in view cli­matic changes, the gov­ern­ment would launch spe­cial tree plan­ta­tion, veg­e­ta­tion on moun­tains and would also work to in­tro­duce such trees which could be grown in desert area of Thar, Ko­his­tan and Kachho area. indh gov­ern­ment would need help from China and oth­ers coun­tries work­ing on en­vi­ron­ment, he added.

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