KARACHI: The Sindh government has decided to hand over the Greater Karachi Water Supply project, commonly known as K-IV, to the army-managed construction firm, Frontier Works Organisation (FWO).
The project is now expected to be launched on March 23 this year.
This decision was taken during a meeting held by Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah at CM House and was especially attended by Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad. The meeting started with Fateha for the departed soul of playwright Fatima Suraiyya Bajia.
K-IV was the most important project that the Pakistan Peoples Party leadership was pressing hard to launch in the large interest of the people of Karachi, said the chief minister. Since all the important officials were in the meeting, Shah asked everyone to fix a date to launch the project.
According to Sindh finance and planning and development minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, he and his team met the FWO director-general last week.
“As soon as they are given the contract, the FWO will start working,” he added.
CM Shah said that FWO is a reputable organisation. In the interest of quality, smooth working and timely completion, the contract should be awarded to FWO, he suggested.
Ill conceived K-IV turned into reality: Sindh CM
HYDERABAD: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah Saturday said the K-IV Water Project for Karachi was a dream and that sincerity of his provincial government has turned the project into a reality.
This he said while talking to media after getting briefed from Frontier Works Organization’s (FWO) Commanding officer Lt Col Usman Aftab at Keenjhar lake, in Thatta district. Sindh Minister Local Government Saeed Ghani, DG FWO Major General Inam Hyder Malik, MD Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) Khalid Mehmood Shaikh, Project Director K-IV Asad Zaman, Deputy Commissioner Thatta Mohammad Nawaz Soho and other officers of FWO and KWSB.
The chief minister said that K-IV Project was planned for providing 650 MGD or 1,200 cusecs water supply to Karachi to be implemented in three phases.
He said that K-IV project was ill-conceived in which major components such as a bridge on Nooriabad-Thatta road on the canal, 50-MW power plants, small and big bridges, land acquisition, pumping stations were not included.
“When the project started the cost of the project went up and up because necessary components were being included,” he observed.
According to him, the initial feasibility study for the Project was carried out in July 2007, which finalized the route of K-IV project.
“There were nine options among which the alternate route which was route number-8 was selected based on technical feasibility and for being economical,” he said.
He recalled that the PC-1 for K-IV Project Phase-1 for 260 MGD was prepared in 2010. “However, due to delay in processing and approvals, it was finally approved in the year 2014 by ECNEC. The actual execution of K-IV Project Phase-1 started in June 2016, which was 9 years after the feasibility study was finalized,” the CM said.
The chief minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah told the media that Project Steering Committee (PSC) was never formed for K-IV Project owing to which many problems cropped up over the duration of the project due to lack of a formal mechanism for redress at the higher policy level.
He added that a broad-based composition of Project Steering Committee for K-IV Project as well as the supplementary projects, under the chairmanship of Chairman P and D had been constituted.
Shah said the Supreme Court mandated Water Commission passed several directives to resolve bottlenecks and speed-up progress of K-IV Project.
They include regular monitoring of progress of K-IV Phase-1, settlement of the issue of route realignments, preparation and early implementation of supplementary projects, he added.
Syed Murad Ali Shah told the media that the Sindh government had released Rs. 15.05 billion while the federal government had released Rs. 12.15 billion.
“Still Rs. 51.3 billion are required which include Rs. 26.7 billion by the Sindh government and Rs. 24.6 billion by federal govt. We would finalize the detailed cost estimates of the project which were being estimated around Rs. 75 billion,” he concluded.
According to the project report, the PC-I of K-IV project was initially prepared for 130 MGD in September 2007, for Rs15.81 billion.
The PC-I was revised for 130 MGD in May 2010, for Rs. 19.29 billion and in May 2011, it was revised again and increased for 260 MGD and based on a preliminary design with an estimated cost of Rs. 29.76 billion was submitted for approval.
The PDWP approved the PC-I at 33 percent cost sharing between federal government, Sindh government and City District Government Karachi.
The PC-I of Rs. 25.55 Billion was approved by Central Development Working Party (CDWP) in July 2014, with 50 percent cost of Rs. 25.55 billion to be shared between Sindh and the federal governments.
The Economic Coordination Committee (ECNEC) subsequently approved the PC-I and the administrative approval was issued by the Sindh government in August 2014.
The Sindh government awarded K-IV Project Phase-1 to M/S Frontier Works Organization (FWO) in March 16, 2016, with a completion time frame of 24 months within the cost of PC-1. An initial bid of FWO was well above the PC-1 cost of Rs. 25.5 billion and the project was divided into packages.
The package A comprised of laying of Conveyance System (Civil Works), whereas Package-B comprised of electrical and mechanical components with components of Civil Works of Pump Houses and Filter Plants.
The Package-A with reduced scope of work was signed for Rs15.254 billion in July 2016, whereas Package-B was signed for Rs12.9 billion after considerable delay and with reduced scope of work, in August 2017. The total cost awarded to FWO was Rs. 28.187 billion which has now increased slightly to Rs. 29.136 billion. The land for K-IV was acquired for Rs. 5 billion including 1,052 acres private land and 11,936 government land. The provincial government has released Rs. 3.75 billion and another tranche of funds was in the pipeline.
However, the complete possession of K-IV Right of Way (ROW) is yet to be received by the FWO. According to the report, augmentation of the project was planned to connect 3 filter plants of K-IV Project with an existing bulk water supply system of KWSB. “Augmentation project, which should have been initiated simultaneously with the K-IV Project, was not initiated by concerned stakeholders,” the chief minister told the media.
The design of augmentation was finally initiated in April 2018, which had been completed. In the energy component, the power supply of 50MW to the pumping stations was planned to be provided through Hyderabad Electric Supply Company (HESCO) initially. In February 2018, he -the CM Sindh- decided to establish 50 MW power plant for the pumping stations of K-IV Project Phase 1 on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode.
The government has also formulated a separate PC-1 for ancillary works and accordingly, the PC-1 was being finalized costing Rs. 9.829 billion.
Sindh Police launches biometric record authentication service
KARACHI: Sindh police has formally started Biometric verification service for individual record authentication with the help of National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) record, said DIG IT Sultan Ali Khawaja today.
In a statement, he said this in a briefing at the meeting chaired by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr. Syed Kaleem Imam, at the Central Police Office here. He said that the Sindh police and NADRA had entered an agreement last week at Islamabad with regard to the service.
He said that the software would help the police to verify the record of an individual with biometric. The training of the field staffers of Sindh police for using the software would be started from November 19. The service was available at the Central Police Office (CPO) while the offices of all SSPs of the districts had been provided palm devices, which were linked to the CPO office. The service would also help to identify the unknown dead bodies, he added. He expressed confidence that the services would surely help the operation and investigation departments of police in their routine investigations and operations against the criminals. The IGP Sindh Dr. Syed Kaleem Imam expressed gratitude to the NADRA officials for providing the facility to Sindh police and also appreciated the DIG IT and Director IT of Sindh police for their efforts over the successful launching of the service.
Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) arrangements
KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah Wednesday said that the security arrangements for Eid Milad-u-Nabi (Peace Be Upon Him) had been made in consultation with Ulema who had always strengthened the government in promoting inter-faith harmony across the province.
This he said while presiding over a meeting of scholars of different schools of thought here at New Sindh Secretariat, said a statement.
The meeting was attended by provincial ministers, Nasir Hussian Shah, Saeed Ghani, Faraz Dero, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, IGP Sindh Kaleem Imam, Home Secretary Kazi Kabir, Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Shahalwani and Secretary Zakat & Religious affairs Dr Nawaz Shaikh and others.
The ulemas who attended the meeting include haji Haneef Tayab, Maulana Jameel Ahmed Naeemi, Maulana Akbar Dars, Allama Abbas Kumeli, Allama Shabir Hassan, Allama Razi Hassani Naqshabandi and various others.
The chief minister said that the administration and the police had already held a number of meetings with Ulema to develop a code of conduct and work out security plan with mutual understanding.
“All of you have agreed to the security and I would request you to direct your volunteers to cooperate with police for maintaining law and order and implementing the code of conduct”, he said.
He said that there were two old routes of the procession of Eid Milad un- Nabi (PBUH), the one starting from Tower and culminating at Aram Bagh and the other one from Memon Masjid to Numaish.
“The administration has received more applications for processions and the administration has been directed to entertain them on merit,” he said.
The ulema told the chief minister that there were some issues of repair of roads, drainage system, and street lights.
The chief minister said that he had already issued directives to Minister Local Government Saeed Ghani for repair of roads, provision of water and repair of drainage system particularly in the areas from where the procession would pass on.
“I have also directed K-Electric to ensure smooth power supply on 12th Rabi-ul-Awwal”, he said. The ulema appreciated the efforts of the government in promoting inter-faith harmony in the province.