KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has issued directives for construction of road and beautification of the areas cleared from encroachment around Empress Market and Karachi Zoo and disclosed that he had a plan to make Saddar a pedestrian area.
He was presiding over a meeting to review progress of Karachi mega schemes and conceive new schemes for the next financial year. The meeting was attended by the local government minister, P&D Chairman Mohammad Waseem, Principal Secretary to CM Sajid Jamal Abro, Finance Secretary Najam Shah, Karachi Commissioner Iftikhar Shahalwani, Local Government Special Secretary Niaz Soomro, PD Karachi Package Khalid Mansoor and other officers.
The chief minister also directed Sindh Local Government Minister Saeed Ghani to prepare a plan for rehabilitation of affected shopkeepers and traders.
“I want to rehabilitate the affected shopkeepers immediately by giving them stalls on a temporary basis under a short-term arrangement and in the long term, the land would be identified for establishment of a market to accommodate them,” he said while issuing directives for the preparation of short term and long-term plans.
“We will not leave any affected person unattended,” he vowed.
The chief minister has also proposed that night markets, as fashioned all over the world, could be set up in the Saddar area.
“The vendors can be adjusted in the night market from 10 pm to 3 am in Saddar,” the commissioner said as he was told to make a proposal for the purpose.
The CM directed Ghani to make the necessary arrangements for lifting the debris of the shops and structures bulldozed at Empress Market and Karachi Zoo.
“I have visited Empress Market and noticed that the debris was still lying there,” he said, adding that the British era market would be restored to its original shape by constructing a road and a small park around it.