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Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah approved on Monday Rs1.37 billion for the reconstruction of dilapidated roads in Karachi’s Sindh Industrial Trading Estate area.

The decision was taken at a meeting between the chief
minister and a delegation of SITE Association led by Siraj Qasim Teli at the CM
House.

The industrialists told CM Shah that SITE roads were already
dilapidated and the recent rains had further destroyed them. It has made the
transportation of finished goods quite difficult, they said.

The delegates apprised the chief minister of the financial
constraints faced by the SITE Limited because of being overstaffed. Sindh
Industries Minister Jam Ikram endorsed their statement, saying that there were
1,500 employees working in the organisation despite a requirement of 450
employees.

The SITE Association delegation requested the chief minister
that the recovery of property tax from the area be given to SITE Limited so
that the funds generated locally could be utilised for the development of the
area.

The chief minister said his government would reconstruct all
roads in SITE under the Karachi Mega Project. He directed the Sindh Industries
department to prepare a PC-I of the project and submit it to the Sindh Planning
and Development department for approval.

He directed Local Government Minister Nasir Shah to assign
reconstruction work of SITE roads to the Karachi Mega Project team. CM Shah,
however, said a committee of industrialists would monitor the construction work
for which the SITE Association would recommend names.

The chief minister agreed to hand over the collection of
property tax to SITE Limited so that they could not only enhance recovery but
utilize the amount for the development of the area.

He directed his advisor on law Murtaza Wahab to work out a plan
to take back recovery of property tax from the Sindh Excise & Taxation
department and hand it over to SITE Limited.

Abdul Gh Lone

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