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October 28, 2010

Durrani wants LG polls in March or April


October 28, 2010

Sindh Minister for Local Bodies, Agha Siraj Durrani, has said that he personally wants to see the local bodies’ elections held in March or April next year. He said this at a Meet the Press programme here at the Karachi Press Club on Wednesday.
He said that the recommendations on the Local Bodies Act had been sent to the coalition partners six months ago, and now the coalition partners would come up with their suggestions and then “we will go to the assembly” so that a law could be enacted and the Election Commission approached for holding the local bodies elections.
Citing the reasons of delay in this regard, the minister said that the main reason was the devastation in the country brought about by the floods. Another reason for the delay was that the meeting of the core committee could not be held because of the law and order problem in the city.
Durrani said the PPP could have passed the law since it had the majority in the assembly, but it wanted to accommodate its coalition partners in the process and this was causing the delay in the legislation.
Replying to a question about the water shortage in the city, he said he wanted to establish desalination plants in Karachi on the advice of President Asif Ali Zardari. The minister said that another alternative to the water problem was to get underground water from the outskirts of the city.
Durrani said he wanted to modernize the KWSB as the population of the city had skyrocketed since the formation of the board and it was only fair to expect the body to rise up to the challenges of a megacity.
The minister said that President Zardari and Sindh chief minister had been keen on developing Karachi as an international city. To another question Durrani said that the anti-encroachment drive, which came to a halt because of the flood situation, would be revived soon.
Talking about the serious problem of parking in Karachi, he said that a new law made by the KBCA had made it

mandatory upon every new building to have a parking lot. The minister also said that parking was an issue dealt by the police department and hence questions about it should be referred to them.
Durrani admitted that some lapses did occur in the process of rehabilitating the flood victims and that Nadra did make mistakes in issuing the Watan Cards. The minister appreciated the building of the Karachi Press Club and said that it should be preserved and that he would take steps in preserving it.
Durrani further said that various problems of plots at the Hawkesbay scheme would be resolved as the matter was with the Sindh chief minister who would see the problem resolved at the earliest. He made a personal donation of Rs200,000 to the KPC.

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