Pakistan Today (Karachi) - - KARACHI -

SINDH Chief Min­is­ter Mu­rad Ali Shah on Mon­day said that he was work­ing hard to make Karachi free of crime, en­croach­ment and all kinds of mafias so that peo­ple could lead peace­ful and pros­per­ous lives.

Ad­dress­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony of the Younis­abad Bridge at Hawks­bay Y-Junc­tion, he promised that peo­ple would feel a pleas­ant change soon af­ter the com­ple­tion of var­i­ous devel­op­ment projects.

The chief min­is­ter said that the Hawks­bay Bridge was orig­i­nally built in 1982 but its con­di­tion had de­te­ri­o­rated over time, and there­fore, the bridge and its con­nect­ing roads had been re­con­structed at a cost of Rs 219 mil­lion.

“We have not only con­structed the two-lane 378-me­tre bridge, but also con­structed 2.14-kilo­me­tre ap­proach roads from both the sides: Y-junc­tion and the is­land of Manora,” he said.

The road from Gul Bai (Kul Bhai) to Younis­abad Bridge would also be re­paired soon, the chief min­is­ter promised.

The chief min­is­ter fur­ther said that he has di­rected Sindh Chief Sec­re­tary Rizwan Me­mon to get the devel­op­ment of Baba Bhit jetty com­pleted at the ear­li­est.

He di­rected the Karachi Mayor to start the re­con­struc­tion of the Shams Pir Jetty, which was first con­structed in 1992.

Mu­rad Ali Shah also spoke about the 10 bil­lion ru­pee Karachi pack­age. He said that the pack­age ini­tially had 21 schemes but later two of the schemes were found un­fea­si­ble. There­fore, 19 schemes are now ex­pected to go for­ward.

The CM said that the pace of the work was not as fast as he thought it would be, but that he was mon­i­tor­ing the pace and qual­ity of the work. He de­plored that some peo­ple were crit­i­cis­ing him over works that have not been com­pleted yet. “I as­sure you that by the end of June, the city will have a pleas­ant look,” he claimed. “There have been some traf­fic jams is­sues since most of the roads and their ad­join­ing ar­eas are dug up for devel­op­ment work, but th­ese will soon be com­pleted.”

“All the schemes un­der the Karachi Pack­age will be com­pleted well in time, and an­other Rs 10 bil­lion will be al­lo­cated in the next bud­get to make the city beau­ti­ful,” he added. “We have re­stored law and or­der with the sup­port of peo­ple of Karachi and have now launched a tar­geted op­er­a­tion against street crime and drug mafia,” the chief min­is­ter said.

Ear­lier, the chief min­is­ter along with Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Jam Khan Shoro and Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar in­au­gu­rated the Younis­abad Bridge by un­veil­ing the plaque.

The cer­e­mony was also at­tended by Karachi Com­man­der Rear Ad­mi­ral Farukh Ahmed, Metropoli­tan Com­mis­sioner Badar Jameel Mendhro, Project Plan­ning Direc­tor Niaz Soomro, and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of lo­cal bod­ies.

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