Underpass to be Constructed near Hotel Mehran

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While commuters fear the worst scenes of traffic congestion, the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) has been persistent with its plans to construct an underpass near Hotel Mehran supposedly to remove one of the last major bottlenecks in the flow of traffic on Sharea Faisal. In this connection, a meeting was held at the KMC head offices on Monday to review the preparatory work to start construction of the underpass near Hotel Mehran in the near future.Speaking at the meeting, KMC Administrator Muhammad Hussain Syed directed the municipal officials concerned to immediately start shifting of the underground utility lines at the proposed site of Hotel Mehran Underpass on Dr Daud Pota Road so that construction work on…

Fire broke in a Multi-Storied Building on II Chundrigar Road

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A fire erupted in a multi-storied building on II Chundrigar Road in Mithadar police jurisdiction , reducing millions of rupees goods into ashes here on Wednesday. Two fire tenders and one snorkel of the KMC were despatched to the spot to douse the blaze. The cause of the fire was said to be electric short circuit. A KESC team rushed to the scene and disconnected the power supply. According to the Central Fire Station, the fire broke out at an office situated on the ninth floor of State Life Insurance on II Chundrigar Road at about 10:40 am and within minutes it spread to other parts of the building, reducing goods worth millions of rupees…

Brain-eating Amoeba Claims Two More Lives

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After a brief respite for two months, the attention of health officials and doctors has once again turned to the deadly amoeba, naegleria fowleri. The waterborne organism, which causes Primary Amoebic Meiningoencephalitis, has killed three more people over the last week. Doctors were initially left scratching their heads, unable to glean a pattern in data on the disease and pin it down to a particular factor. But now, there is a growing consensus among them that the life-threatening amoeba is probably breeding in the water supply lines, infecting people when they rinse their noses. Dr Aslam Pervez, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation’s (KMC) district health officer, has been collecting data on people who were killed by the…

Fire Broke Out in a Local Garment Factory in SITE

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A major fire broke out in a local garment factory in the SITE police limits on Sunday causing loss of millions of rupees. According to the Central Fire Station, the fire broke out at about 11:15pm and had spread to other parts of the factory within minutes, reducing goods worth millions of rupees to ashes. At least seven fire engines of the KMC reached the spot later on. Leaping flames and thick black smoke could be seen from far-flung areas of the city. The cause of the fire was short circuit. KESC authorities rushed to the scene and disconnected power, while Sui gas officials were also present to disconnect the gas connection. Police and law-enforcement…

Arrangements for Sacrificial Animals Market is a Go

Bakra Eid Mand

Over a million sacrificial animals are expected to arrive at the temporary cattle market being set up in a specific area along the Superhighway. The Superhighway market — the biggest market of sacrificial animals in the country — will be set up on Oct 1 and continue to remain open till Eidul Azha. Entry of animals will be free of charge between the 1st and 10th of Zilhaj, according to a statement issued by Karachi Metropolitan Corporation after a meeting presided over by KMC Administrator Mohammad Hussain Syed. Mr Syed told the meeting that arrangements for a smooth running of the market would be made jointly by KMC, army, Rangers, police,  Cantonment Board Malir and the…

Korea to Invest in the Energy Sector of Sindh

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Korea has utilised US$30 million from economic development cooperation fund on conversion of Chandika Medical College Power Supply into Solar Energy and development of children hospital in Larkana under Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF). This was expressed by Choongjoo Choi, Ambassador of Korea in Pakistan, who visited Sindh Board of investment (SBI). The meeting aimed to discuss follow-up on projects initiated during Chief Minister Sindh’s visit to Korea during May 2011. The Ambassador appreciated efforts being taken by SBI for the facilitation of investors.  He showed keen interest by the Korean investors in the field of energy especially in coal fired power plants in Sindh. Chairman SBI, Muhammad Zubair Motiwala, welcoming the delegation headed by…

KMC Will Complete its Flyovers Within 6 Months

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The construction work of flyovers at Sharea Pakistan would be started this week and completed within the estimated time which is six months, administrator of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), Muhammad Hussain Syed, said on Sunday. The planning for construction of four flyovers at Sharea Pakistan was already made and offices of concerned contractors have been setup whereas traffic diversion plan was also made final, he said. The construction of flyovers would be started with least effect on traffic and no inconvenience for people whereas service road would be widened after removing encroachments, he added. The administrator KMC has visited the construction place of four flyovers at Sharea Pakistan on Sunday where he was accompanied by…

KMC hopes to Lure Visitors by Building Underwater Tunnel

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An underwater tunnel will be built inside the Clifton Aquarium to allow visitors to walk through the water tank and enjoy marine life up close, a senior official of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) said on Thursday. The decision came as the KMC is all set to reopen the city’s largest public aquarium. The Clifton Aquarium has remained closed for the last six years as authorities struggled to shore up the finances to run it, according to director-general of KMC’s parks and horticulture Niaz Soomro. The KMC has set aside Rs50 million in its budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year for renovation of the aquarium. However, the construction of the underwater tunnel would cost at…

Rs 400m to be Spend on Installation of Surveillance Cameras in the City

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Given the staggering crime rate in Karachi, not many taxpayers would imagine that a sizeable chunk of their money is being used to monitor criminal activity. But that is indeed the case – the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) is using a large portion of its funds on expanding its surveillance system. KMC will spend Rs541 million on its information technology department in the current fiscal year, which ends in June 2013. If the staff’s salaries and running expenses are excluded, this amount is greater than the combined annual expenditure on all KMC-run hospitals, including Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, as well as the zoo, Safari Park and other departments. KMC will spend most of this amount –…

Karachi Bus Rapid Transit System is a Go,says KMC Admisntator

Karachi Rapid Transit

In Karachi, a new transport system is in the making. In this metropolis, where absence of subways or metros leaves the citizens with no other inexpensive option than to board the old, rusted passenger buses, finally there may be an alternative which allows them to shun the rickety coaches that take forever to reach one part of the city from another. Construction is about to start on a dedicated bus lane for the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS). The 22.4-kilometre track from Dawood Chowrangi in Landhi to Numaish Chowrangi in Saddar is expected to reduce the travelling time by half in this ever-expanding city. Another couple of months remain in its paperwork but the actual…