SC lays into provincial officials for sorry state of Karachi’s infrastructure
Statesman Report
KARACHI: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Gulzar Ahmed castigated Sindh’s officials for their negligence of Karachi’s infrastructure problems and the continuing state of disrepair large parts of the city are in.
His remarks came as a Supreme Court bench heard the case regarding the revival of the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) at its Karachi registry Friday. Justice Gulzar Ahmed was presiding over the bench.
The advocate general Sindh, the attorney general, the chief secretary Sindh and the railways secretary, among others, were present for the hearing.
During the proceedings, the advocate general presented a copy of the Karachi Master Plan to the court for review. He informed the court that the Green Line Bus Rapid Transit project and the Orange Line have been completed, while remaining projects are under construction.
“The World Bank and the Asian Development Bank are providing funding for these projects,” he informed the court.
“The work should reflect the plans and maps you have handed over to us,” the chief justice said in response.
However, it was clear he was not satisfied with the scope of the project. “This isn’t a forward-looking transport plan: it seems that you just wanted to spend some money, distribute some funds,” the chief justice remarked.
“We should shut these projects down if that is so,” the advocate general offered.
“It doesn’t seem like you understand what we’re saying,” the chief justice said in response.