KARACHI: The Administrator Karachi Rauf Akhtar Faruqi has assured the industrialists to carry out development work in Korangi industrial area very soon despite the paucity of funds. Addressing to a dinner reception hosted by Pakistan Tanners Association (PTA) S.Z. in his honour on Tuesday, Faruqi announced to re-construct dilapidated Jam Sadiq Bridge very soon as the Chief Minister has approved the PC-I of the project. Chairman PTA SZ, Fawad Jawed, Deputy Commissioner Korangi, SSP Police Korangi, former Chairman PTA and Vice President FPCCI, Gulzar Firoz and prominent tanners were also present on the occasion.
He said that Massive repairs and reconstruction of the bridge that connects the city to the Korangi Industrial was the long time demand of the industrialists and now the work would be commenced
in a week’s time. As pointed by the PTA Chief, he immediately ordered the carpeting of link road in Tannery Zone which was left by the KMC staff incomplete. He further announced to repair the refinery road which has turned into a very bad shape. He said that encroachments on refinery road would be removed with the help of area deputy commissioner and police. He said that despite the fact that KMC has very limited resources and facing massive shortfall of revenue, would complete the remaining work in Tannery Zone with its own funds.
He however said that the water to the industrial areas especially the Tannery Zone could only be supplied when the government increase water quota from Indus for at least 1000 cusecs as present quota of 1200 cusecs could only cater to the needs of the less than half of the population of Karachi. He said that reverse osmosis plants installed by DHA have been failed either.
He urged upon the industrialists to urge upon the federal government to release KMC’s funds so that several projects that have been shelved due to non release of funds in the city should be executed. Gulzar Firoz pointed out on the occasion that people have extended their houses on the link nullah that connects to the treatment plant, illegally should be removed otherwise any untoward incident could have occurred any time.
The PTA Chief Fawed Jawed in his welcome speech urged the federal, provincial and local governments to rescue falling exports of leather and leather garments by providing water to the country’s largest cluster of tanneries.
He said that Tannery Zone contributes over 35 per cent of the total exports of leather and leather goods and its tanneries are starving due to drought like situation for the last several years as the sub-soil water is also depleting fast.
He urged the KMC Administrator to influence the KWSB to release water into the newly laid pipeline in Tannery Zone.
Development work of Tannery Zone to be done on priority: Faruqi Jam Sadiq Bridge’s PC-I approved, work to start soon