KARACHI   -   Karachi Administrator Barris­ter Murtaza Wahab on Thurs­day said that the World Bank has expressed its willingness to provide assistance to the Karachi Metropolitan Corpo­rations on emergency basis for restoration of rain-affected in­frastructure in the city.

“This is a good news for Ka­rachi, with the support of the World Bank, the roads, arter­ies, bridges, underpasses and flyovers of the city will be im­proved as soon as possible which will provide convenience to the citizens,” the Administra­tor said this on the occasion of a meeting with a delegation of the World Bank in his office here.

Municipal Commissioner KMC Syed Afzal Zaidi and oth­er officers were also present in the meeting. The Administra­tor said that in the past, with the cooperation of the World Bank and other international organizations, important proj­ects have been carried out in Karachi. He hoped that the World Bank’s support would also play a key role in the res­toration of affected infrastruc­ture in various areas of Kara­chi after the recent rains.

“The World Bank team will be provided all facilities and support in Karachi so that they can complete their work as soon as possible,” he added.

Barrister Murtaza informed the representatives of the World Bank about the ongoing development projects in Kara­chi and said that the basic infra­structure of the city was being improved and all the works un­der a comprehensive strategy were being completed on time.

“Sindh Government is trying to provide facilities to the citi­zens in every sector. The pro­vincial government and KMC allocate adequate funds for development works and pri­oritise those projects that can provide immediate and maxi­mum benefits to the citizens,” the Administrator said.

He said that in the projects designed for the improvement of the city, all the relevant in­stitutions have been taken on board and the problems were being solved through a joint strategy. He further said that the underground sewerage system was being fixed be­fore the construction of roads so that the roads constructed with a large amount of funds do not get damaged due to col­lapsed sewerage system.

The Administrator informed the delegation about jurisdic­tion of KMC and said that vari­ous institutions had control of land in Karachi. However, he said that KMC was central body of municipal services and its staff and machinery were deployed in every area of the city for various tasks.