Why Rs300 bn generated by Karachi not spent on it, asks Waseem Akhter
KARACHI: Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhter on Saturday asked why 300 billion rupees of revenue generated by the metropolis was not spent on it.
“The tax generated by Karachi could develop the whole Sindh, if it is utilized properly,” Waseem Akhter said while addressing a press conference at the Karachi Press Club. He stressed upon providing Karachi more funds.
He said mega projects should be developed by the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) as it was its function to construct projects in the megalopolis and not the Sindh government or the federal government’s concern.
“We have spent 50 crore rupees the entire year on the city,” he said.
The mayor said you needed to first set sewerage and garbage disposal system right before heading to clean stormwater drains, as he thought that it was a wastage of money to clean drains before setting the system right.
He said it was time for those involved in running the country to sit together and seriously mull over resolving the issues facing Karachi.
On September 5, Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda on Thursday said the people of Karachi were getting affected because of the fighting between different political parties.
“Billions of rupees funds has been released to the provincial and local bodies governments but zero work was done,” Faisal Vawda said while addressing a press conference in Karachi’s Baldia Town.
He said if any work at all was done in Baldia Town it was done during his tenure.
While, the minister said, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers had not used any public fund neither of the province nor of the centre. He said everybody was doing what he owed to do.
“People are forced to live a worst life. The political parties should collectively work for the benefit of the citizens,” the PTI leader said.
Former mayor Karachi and Chairman Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) Mustafa Kamal had on August 21 held Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar responsible for filth in Karachi.