CDGK Focus 2008

CDGK performed well despite dearth of funds


By Jamil Khan | KARACHI


THE city has witnessed the initiation of a number of large scale projects by the City District Government Karachi (CDGK) during 2008.

This comes despite the organization having to face a financial crunch and a tussle with Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Minister for Local Government Agha Siraj Durrani over the chairmanship of two of the city’s major organizations, the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board and the Karachi Building Control Authority.

During the year, the CDGK completed a number of development projects initiated in 2007. Moreover, in 2008, the CDGK also signed a number of agreements with both national and foreign companies for new projects, although, none of them have commenced yet. The city government had the support of former president Pervez Musharraf throughout his tenure, during which he had also started the Tameer-e-Karachi Programme (TKP), worth Rs 29 billion. Various federal government institutes helped in supporting the TKP to complete several development projects in the city, major amongst them being the Karachi Port Trust (KPT) Interchange at Korangi Road, KPT Underpass in Clifton, KPT Mai Kolachi Road, Pakistan Steel Mills Flyover at Quaidabad and the Export Processing Zone (EPZ) Flyover in Landhi.

Following the February 18 elections, the PPP formed a coalition government in Sindh with the MQM and the ANP. Despite the fact that the MQM had its due share in the provincial government, the CDGK faced tough resistance from PPP ministers, resulting in a cut back on funds for town administrations, as well as the city government.

This led to obstructions in routine work and ongoing development projects being carried out by all three tiers of the local government system (city government, town administrations and union council administrations). Furthermore, the city government’s monthly share issued by the provincial government was also reduced by 34 percent from April onwards this year. However, despite the cut in funds, the city government, town administrations and union councils managed to complete most of the ongoing development projects by utilizing their own resources.


Project Initiated In 2008

Mar 29                   Foundation stone laid for model school, sports stadium, polytechnic inistute, cultural complex and Model Library, hospital and Maternity Home in New karach iTown (Rs375 million)

Apr 7                   Approval of blood bank, and other facility at CDGK hospital in Gurumandir (Rs460 million)

Apr 13        Six mega projects of roads and others for Orangi and Site towns (Rs680 million)

Aug 14        I Own Karachi, a volunteer programme initiated

Dec 5                   Approval of 10-pedestrian bridges in city (Rs100 million)

Dec 7                   Jamshed Road inaugurated (Rs250 million)


Projects Completed in 2008

Jan 14                   Former President Musharraf laid down foundation stone for Corridor-II (Rs4 billion)

Jan 25                   CDGK’s 1339 Computerized Complaint Center gets ISO 900 Certificate

Feb 4                   Three Islands of Keamari get new water pipeline (Rs340 million)

Feb 10                   Two separate pipelines for Orangi and Baldia towns (Rs1270 million)

Mar 5                   Go-Aish Adventure facility at Safari Park (Rs17 million)

Mar 10                   Phase-I completed at Landhi Slaughterhouse (Rs110 million)

Mar 31                   Two kilometer long link road completed in Surjani Town (Rs215 million)

Apr 6          Six mega projects of roads and others in Gulberg and Liaquatabad (Rs360 million)

Apr 22                   Five generators installed in pumping stations in Orangi, North Karachi, North Nazimabad (Rs76 million)

May 26                   Institute for Advancing Careers and Talent started functions in CDGK facility (Rs24 million)

May 28                   Polytechnic Institute for Women in Landhi Town (Rs73.6 million)

Jun 15                   CDGK’s Command & Control Center system inaugurated by Governor Sindh (Rs110 million)

Jul 19                   Nagan Chowrangi Flyover opens for traffic (Rs650 million)

Jul 31                   Jheel Park in PECHS opens after renovation (Rs200 million)

Sept 1                   CDGK Help Desk set up at Jinnah International Airport

Sept 1                   University Road from Mazar-e-Quaid to Hassan Square opens (Rs481 million)

Sept 27                   Shahrah-e-Pakistan inaugurated (Rs518 million)

Oct 9                   Corridor-II completed and open for traffic (Rs4 billion)

Nov 28                   Dental Hospital, Gymnasium and Auditorium at KMDC (Rs250 million)


Agreement Signed In 2008

Jan 13                   Power generation plant from garbage by Malaysian Abasin International ($130 million)

Feb 11                   Power Generation plant and desalination plant with American firm ($2.158 billion)

Feb 15                   47-story IT Tower with Malaysian firm IJM Technologies ($200 million)

Mar 8                   Vocational Training Institute Project at Korangi Civic Center with World Memon Organization

Apr 23                   Power Generation Plant (1800MW) with Dhabian Power Engineering

May 8                   MoU signed to declare Karachi-Houston as Sister-cities

-Published in Daily Times | Jan 01, 2009

~ by jamilkhan on January 1, 2009.

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