CHI - The bureaucratic 'red-tape has resulted in inordinate delay of the inauguration of the first-ever medical college in Lyari, as the college has not been registered despite the end of dateline given by the President, The Nation has learnt.
As per detail, the bureaucracy has neglected the Presidents directions to make possible the inauguration of Benazir Bhutto Medical College (BBMC) in time that was announced by President Asif Ali Zardari.
The elected representatives as well as the college administration have considered themselves helpless against the bureaucrats attitude which they are receiving from Islamabad and Sindh.
Despite the announcement from the President to make the college functional from January 2010, the college was not made to receive its registration from Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), Islamabad.
It is worth mentioning that President Zardari was scheduled to inaugurate the college in December 2009 but due to the incomplete renovation work of the college building and non-registration from the PMDC, the presidents programme of inaugurating the college has been postponed.
Following the announcement made by the president to visit the decades-old strong hold of PPP, the Lyariites have been eyeing on his visit but the prolonged tactics of bureaucracy have washed out all the hopes of the Lyari people.
Sindh Minister for Katchiabadi, Engineer Rafiq Advocate, when contacted told The Nation that Zardari was interested in inaugurating the college but the registration of the college was yet to be received from Islamabad.
The ministry has confirmed that the visit of the President which was postponed by dint of not receiving green signal from the department concerned.
It is pertinent to mention that Rs500 million has been allocated for the renovation and up-gradation of the college building that was previously used as a nursing institute in the premises of the Lyari General Hospital. The college is being established according to the standards set by PMDC, Islamabad that is the regularity body of the medical institutes.
Engineer Rafiq has further said that besides the medical college, the president is also determined that the other ongoing developments under Lyari Development Package (LDP) in Lyari should be completed in stipulated time.
The development projects include the reconstruction of two girls college, establishing model schools and a law university, renovation of infrastructure of roads, streets, sewerage lines and many others.
He said: On the directions of the President, the education system of Lyari is also being enhanced. In this connection, with the coordination of Provincial Education Minister Pir Mazahrul Haq, over 20 model schools are being established and Rs20 million have been allocated for Lyari University.
Commenting over the law and order situation in Lyari, he said that with the efforts of PPP leadership the law and order situation had been improved but more efforts need to be taken in this regard.
The special grant allocated for the said project is distributed according to the following table as Rs800 million have been allocated by the federal government for upgrading water and sewerage system.
Three hundred and twenty four million rupees were issued for the repair of roads and streets of Lyari; Rs200 million were released for streetlights, grounds and parks.
Besides, the federal government has also allocated Rs700 million to construct a flyover in Lee Market by Karachi Port Trust (KPT).