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October 15, 2016
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Education City’s infrastructure work to begin soon

Karachi

October 15, 2016

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Spread over 8,921 acres, the $800 million project is aimed at promoting quality education

The provincial government decided on Friday to launch the infrastructure development of the Sindh Education City.

Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah issued the orders in this connection while presiding over a meeting.

The project is aimed promoting quality education by allowing educational institutions to flourish.

Briefing the chief minister, Sindh Board of Investment (SBOI) chairperson Naheed Memon said the Sindh Education City, stretching over an area of 8,921 acres, was located on the Link Road connecting National Highway with Super Highway.

Around 70 educational institutions would be built in the education city. Architect Yawar Jilani said he had developed a complete master plan of the city and its topographical survey too had been conducted.

Its development will cost around $800 million as per the initial working but this amount is likely come down with careful planning.

The SBOI chairperson said there were some issues of land between the land utilisation and finance departments. “Once these issues are settled, the possession of the city will be handed over to the SBOI,” she added,

The chief minister directed chief secretary Siddique Memon to have all the pending issues of the education city settled.

The chief minister directed the SBOI chairperson to convene a meeting of its board of governors to make policy decisions including the appointment of the project director and the release of the allocated funds.

He also told the SBOI chairperson to form an executive management committee to float tenders and award contracts for the project.

Additional chief secretary (development) M Waseem, principal secretary Naveed Kamran Baloch, education secretary Fazal Pechuho, and finance secretary Hassan Naqvi also attended the meeting.

 

Sharea Faisal uplift plan

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah approved the plan to uplift Sharea Faisal, and observed that Karachi was the largest and the most beautiful city of the country but a lack of development was hardly a reflection of that.

He was presiding over a special meeting, at the CM House, on beautification and development of Sharea Faisal, from Jinnah Terminal up to Metropole hotel.

The meeting was attended by additional chief secretary (development) M Waseem, principal secretary to CM Naveed Kamran Baloch, secretary finance Hassan Naqvi and architect Yawar Jilani.

Jilani while briefing the chief minister over the project said the construction of a flyover near the airport had further concealed from view the terminal’s structure.

To this the CM replied that it was necessary to develop the main thoroughfare so that anybody who enters the city after exiting the airport gets a good first impression.

The CM was further briefed about how former prime minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto had gotten the now old terminal uplifted at the time Pakistan was to host the global Islamic summit. “Keeping in line with Islamic symbols, the Star built on the main turning to the airport was designed - by renowned artist Gul Jee.”

He proposed to shift the structure from Star Gate towards the terminal and have it installed on an alleviated platform so as to make it visible from areas far off.

“The star has a historical importance and memories of the summit, which was also attended by King Shah Faisal of the KSA,” the CM observed.

Murad was shown a pictorial presentation of the best possible designs for the metropolis’ key thoroughfare.

Plans to conserve the Merry Weather Tower, and other historical buildings along the II Chundrigar road were also discussed; the project would be carried out in assistance with the World Bank.

 

NICH gets a unit for newborns

Special attention is being given to improve health services and, therefore, a health emergency has been declared to ensure proper functioning of the provincial health sector, said Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah after inaugurating the Newborn Unit of the National Institute of Child Health (NICH) on Friday.

Accompanied by health minister Dr Sikandar Mandhro, the chief minister was informed by NICH Director Professor Syed Jamal Raza that Rs125 million were spent on the construction of the Newborn Unit, built at the sixth floor of hospital.

Raza said the unit was equipped with 60 incubators, 30 cots, 10 ventilators and 30 monitors. “This composition makes the unit one of the largest new born unit in the country,” he said. The NICH director said that children were treated without of fee at the hospital and around 200,000 kids were offered check-ups at its OPD every year.

Later on, the chief minister visited the OPD, emergency wards and the Command & Control Centre, which is connected with 90 CCTV cameras installed inside the wards and around the hospital to provide foolproof security.

On the occasion, the chief minister was also given a briefing by ChildLife Foundation CEO Dr Ahson Rabbani about their services in the NICVD. He said about Rs1 million were spent on the treatment of children on a daily basis. On this, the chief minister announced that 25 percent of their expenditures right from the beginning of the current financial year would be paid by the government. He directed his principal secretary Naveed Kamran to get the amount released within a week.

Rabbani said that around 600 children were admitted to the NICH emergency ward on a daily basis and the life saving ratio of the admitted children had been improved to 90 percent.

The chief minister also visited the NICH medical store and directed the NICH director to expedite the work of the under construction block.

Talking to media, the chief minister said he was taking serious measures to improve health services. The chief minister also apologised to the patients for any inconvenience caused due to his visit. Murad said that without visiting the health care facility, he could not gain an insight into the hospital’s issues and problems.

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