September 22, 2019

K-IV project cost increases eight times in 15 years

KARACHI: The federal and Sindh governments have jointly set up a technical committee to review the technical report of the K-IV project that NESPAK will present at the end of this month so that the project can be carried out. NESPAK has estimated the cost of around Rs120 billion of the K-IV project, eight times higher than its estimated initial cost of Rs25 billion after 15 years.

This decision was taken at a high-level meeting attended by the Federal Minister of Planning and Development Khusro Bakhtiar, the Vice President of the Planning Commission Jahanzaib Khan, the Secretary of Planning Zaffar Ahsan and the Members Planning Commission Maj Gen ( R) Zahir Shah at the CM House on Monday.

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The prime minister was supported and assisted by Governor Imran Ismail, local government minister Syed Nasir Shah, Labor Minister Saeed Ghani, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, President P&D Nahid Shah and PSCM Sajid Jamal Abro.

The FWO delegation was led by DG FWO Director General, Inam Haider, and included Brigadier Abdul Sami of 5 Corps, Brigadier Abeer and others. MD KWSB Asadullah Khan, PD K-IV Asad Zamin and concerned P&D officials also attended the meeting.

The General Director of FWO, General Inam Haider, reporting on the meeting, said the canal being built from Lake Keenjhar was 121 kilometers long. He said that the 11-meter deep canal had been built and his mouth had developed inside the canal 257 meters from the ground area. Of the 121 kilometers, the canal would flow in gravity up to 91 kilometers. The civil work of the channel has been completed by 70 percent.

The dignitaries were told that there were some alignment problems in which NESPAK was working to conduct a third-party evaluation. NESPAK general manager Jawaid Mir, Mirza Asif Baig and Muhammad Afzal, who represented NESPAK at the meeting, said they could suggest some modification to the existing channel alignment. They told the meeting that they were conducting a geographical study of the canal embankment to see if they could withstand the pressure of 660 MGD of water. “We would complete the study at the end of the current moth and then present it to the provincial government,” he said.

Given this, Khusro Bakhtyar said the project, which was in an advanced stage, needed another technical review by a team of experts.

The prime minister suggested forming a joint team of the provincial Planning and Development Department and the Federal Government Planning Commission to review the technical aspects of the report that NESPAK will present. The participants of the meeting agreed to form a team that would be notified by the Federal Planning Commission.

Nespak said the project would cost around Rs120 billion. Given this, the prime minister said it would cost Rs150 billion due to the devaluation of the rupee against the dollar. In addition, a 50MW power plant has also been proposed for the project. The consultant has almost completed the PC-I of the energy project.

The prime minister said that K-I and K-II / III had designed the capacity of 480 MGD that had been reduced by 100 MGD due to sediment problems and other technical problems. He proposed conducting a separate study to improve the capacity of K-I and K-II / III projects.

Khusro Bakhtyar suggested installing desalination plants in the city to meet the urgent need for water, but it would take two to three years to complete. The prime minister said his government was ready to install desalination plants in the city if the federal government extended financial support.

Previously, Khusro Bakhtyar along with the CM, the governor and provincial ministers and DG FWO visited Lake Keenjhar to assess water availability for Karachi residents.

Khusro Bakhtyar said it is the shared responsibility of federal and provincial governments to take measures to improve the people of Karachi. He said the government in office will provide all possible resources in this regard. He stressed that it is the top priority of the federal government to improve transportation, sewerage and sanitary services in the megalopolis and for this purpose funds are being provided to the provincial government. It was agreed that the Green Line would be operational soon, which will provide travel facilities for daily travelers in Karachi.

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