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Sindh Govt To Revamp Karachi with KNIP

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Sindh Govt is all set to breath new life into the city of lights. Sindh Government in collaboration with the World Bank funded project, Karachi Neighborhood Improvement Project (KNIP) has announced to rejuvenate the megacity Karachi, as revealed by Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah at the launch event.

The launch event was attended by notable personalities such as the president of Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi, KNIP Project Director and Home Secretary Qazi Kabir,  the team of KNIP, concerned officials, and the representatives of the World Bank (WB), along with artists and citizens of Karachi.

According to CM Sindh, Murad Ali Shah, the transforming the urban areas into an endurable, innovative and environmentally safe zones, improving public spots and infrastructure through efficient urban planning and management, connecting flung areas with each other to increase their mobility and accessibility are some of the many aims of the project.

Under the KNIP project, an “educational and cultural zone” is being currently built in Saddar Town. The roads which have been selected as the sub-project area in the initial phase, phase I of the project which is 2.5 km are as follows:

    • Din Muhammad Wafai Road
    • Tratchan Road
    • Dr. Ziauddin Ahmed Road
    • MR Kayani Road

In order to avoid traffic congestion near the National Museum,  a parking plaza has also been built.

Earlier, Sindh govenment requested the World Bank to carry out a survey of the city in order to formulate the plan of transforming the megacity through a number of short and long term projects The WB submitted its “The Karachi City Diagnostic” report against the survey. The report provided an overview of the challenges Karachi faced and the potential opportunities that can be utilized, along with estimations of the level of investment required to revamped the city’s structural gaps and enhance the city’s economic prospects.

The newly established  ‘single window facility’ for the Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) is another feature of the KNIP to facilitate the builders by issuing construction permits under one roof. Earlier, the time needed for this process was 45 days which has now reduced to 15 days, said the CM Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah.

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