Karachi, September 14, 2020 (PPI-OT): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has approved Rs1.37 billion for reconstruction of all the dilapidated roads of Sindh Industrial Trading Estate (SITE) Ltd Karachi and also decided to transfer collection of property tax to SITE Ltd. He took this decision in a meeting he held with the delegation of SITE Association led by Qasim Siraj Teli here at CM House.
The other delegation members were Zubair Motiwala, Suleman Chawla, Farhan Ashrafi, Jawed Bilwani, Saleem Parekh, Abdul Hadi, Abdul Rasheed. Provincial Ministers, Saeed Ghani, Jam Ikram, Nasir Shah, Advisor law Murtaza Wahab, Chairman P and D Mohammad Waseem, PSCM Sajid Jamal Abro and secretary Industries also attended the meeting.
The industrialists told the chief minister that the condition of the roads of SITE, Karachi was already dilapidated and they were further destroyed by recent heavy rains. They said that the roads were no more motorable these days, therefore transport of finished goods has become a difficult task.
They also pointed out that the financial condition of SITE Ltd was precarious because it was overstaffed. Minister Industries Jam Ikram endorsing their statement said that against a requirement of 450 employees SITE Ltd has been overburdened with 1500 employees, therefore the funds generated locally were utilized on the salaries and pensions. He further said that the Sindh Small Industries was also facing a similar condition. He added that extra-ordinary recruitments were made during the tenure of Gen Musharraf.
The SITE Association delegation told the chief minister that the recovery of Property Tax of SITE, Karachi area be given to SITE Ltd so that the funds generated locally could be utilized on the development of SITE area. The chief minister, after listening to the SITE Association, said that his government would reconstruct all the roads under Karachi Mega project. He approved an amount of Rs1.37 billion for reconstruction of long-life roads for SITE Karachi and directed the Industries department to prepare a PC-I of the project and submit the same in the P and D for approval.
He directed Minister Local Government Syed Nasir Shah to assign reconstruction work of the roads of SITE to Karachi Mega Project team but an oversea committee of industrialists would monitor the construction work for which the SITE Association would recommend names. Murad Ali Shah said that not only the construction of roads would be undertaken but along the roads, drainage system should be developed so that rain water get itself disposed in gravity.
On the request of the SITE Association, the chief minister agreed in principle to handover collection of property tax to SITE Ltd so that they not only enhance recovery and then utilize the recovered amount on the development of the SITE. Mr Shah directed Advisor Law Murtaza Wahab to work out a legal plan to take back recovery of property tax from Excise and Taxation department and hand it over to SITE Ltd. The chief minister directed Minister Industries Jam Ikram to overhaul the SITE Ltd and make it a vibrant organization.
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