KARACHI: The Sindh government has decided to develop cities as part of its Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS), a statement said on Tuesday.
The provincial government has formulated a village development plan targeting larger settlements within 30 kilometers of the Rural Growth Center (RGC) which is the town of “Chuhar Jamali”. The development plan covers housing, walkways, sewers, drinking water and a vegetable garden.
“Consolidation of infrastructure and services around the town of Chuhar Jamali would lead to poverty reduction and an improvement in the standard of living of the population,” said Dr Kaiser Bengali, senior economist and strategic advisor at Sindh Union Council Community and Economic Strengthening Support (SUCCESS).
He said so in his presentation “Pilot implementation in Chuhar Jamali” at a seminar on Tuesday under the government of the SRP of Sindh, organized by the Directorate of Urban and Regional Policy of Sindh in collaboration with the team. technical assistants from the European Union (EU).
He said Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah himself selected Chuhar Jamali for the pilot project and that the provincial cabinet is extending its full support for the project.
Ms Kathryn Ennis-Carter, team leader of the EU SUCCESS technical assistance team, said that the government of Sindh has approved PC-1 of the pilot project and has also allocated funds to it. The facility projects like school, water and drainage have been approved and construction of a hospital is underway. She hopes that the construction of these projects will start soon.
Faisal Ahmed Uqaili, Planning Secretary, Department of Planning and Development, Sindh, commended Dr Kaiser Bengali and his team for their efforts, saying the project will end in December.
He said the provincial government will do its best to maintain it in order to improve the lives of its citizens in the poor neighborhoods and provide them with all the living amenities they deserve.
The Sindh government’s PRS includes the implementation of city-market infrastructure, improvement of the quality of education, health care, water supply and drainage. This would be complemented by the construction of quality roads to facilitate access to rural growth poles.