Centre to support development of metropolis: President Alvi

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ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: President Arif Alvi has reassured maximum support to the Karachi for its development by the federal government.President Alvi made the remarks while chairing a high-level meeting of Sindh Infrastructure Development Company Ltd (SIDCL) which was attended by Sindh governor Imran Ismail, Federal Minister Fehmida Mirza and other officials.

Sindh governor Imran Ismail said that the development of the Karachi is tantamount to the development of Pakistan.

  The first phase of Green Line Bus Rapid Transport Service (BRTS) is completed after saving Rs1 billion. Moreover, the government is working efficiently for the timely completion of three schemes under SIDCL for the restitution of the infrastructure. The governor detailed that the Sindh government will purchase 50 fire tenders and two water bowsers in the current fiscal year, whereas, Rs5 billion is allocated for the development schemes for the uplift of 13 districts.

  Rs300 million has been allocated for countering the natural disasters in the current fiscal year while National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) will also provide a grant of Rs700 million under the risk management fund.

 While addressing the meeting, the president said that the schemes including Green Line, K-V, infrastructure, firefighting are possessing significant importance for the development of the metropolis. Centre will continue its maximum support for the development of the city, said Alvi.

 President Dr Arif Alvi on Monday chaired the 39th meeting of the Senate of Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) as Chancellor of the FUUAST at the Sindh Governor’s House here. Deputy Chairman of the Senate of FUUAST Javed Asharaf Hussain, Vice Chancellor of the varsity Prof Dr S Altaf Hussain, Federal Secretary Education Arshad Mirza, President Anjuman-e-Taraqq-e-Urdu Wajid Jawwad and others attended the meeting, said a FUUAST spokesman. The meeting made deliberations on the recommendations with regard to representation of the members of civil society and representatives of teachers on vacant seats in the FUUAST’s Senate.

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