KARACHI, Aug 23: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has said that government has been giving funds to the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) to clean the nullahs in the city. He said the major problem is due to a major structure which has blocked all nullahs in Karachi which are the responsibility of the cantonments and district management committees.
Talking to newsmen here today he said that in last four years, we cleared many nullahs in the city. Despite the rain, the water was cleared within three to four hours. Karachi’s issues are not new and that everyone needs to be on the same page to solve the issues of the city, he said, adding that the city’s issues are not new they have been here for some time.
In the past four years, we have worked a lot on cleaning the storm drains in the city,” noting that a new monsoon spell entered on July 26-27, with the last heaviest rainfall recorded since 1977. He added that there was a lot of rain back in 2007 when nearly 200 people had died. “In recent times, the responsibility to clean the storm drains lie with KMC and Sindh government has given money to clean the nullahs,” he said.
CM Sindh stated that although 187mm of rainfall was recorded in Surjani Town and Nazimabad, the rainwater was cleared in 3-4 hours. Shahrah-e-Faisal was not blocked despite the heavy rain, he added. In the past four years, a lot of work was done to clean the nullahs, he said, but that water stagnated at KDA and Nagan Chowrangis for four or five days. “Even now, there’s rainwater in New Karachi,” he added, saying the government had been giving funds to the KMC to clear the nullahs.
Admitting that the KMC was short of funds, he said only Rs1.5 billion was collected through property taxes in Karachi, as opposed to Rs55 billion in Mumbai in the same category. He added that at least $10 billion was required to develop Karachi.