ISLAMABAD:(APS)July 1, 2015;Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif chaired a meeting on a recent intense heat wave in Karachi and the resulting casualties, at the CM House here today.
The Prime Minister expressed deep grief and sorrow over the incident. “Whole country sympathizes with the affected people in this hour of grief,” he said.
He said this was a unprecedented in the history of Pakistan and all departments who shirked their responsibilities adding to public misery should be held accountable in a transparent manner.
The Prime Minister said lessons should be learnt from such calamities and measures be taken to avoid their recurrence in future.
He appreciated the role played by private welfare associations in providing relief to the people.
Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah thanked the Prime Minister for taking personal interest in matters of the province, particularly Karachi.
He briefed the Prime Minister on the crisis that hit the metropolitan city on the 19th of last month, causing hundreds of casualties and the relief and remedial measures taken by the provincial government in its aftermath.
The Prime Minister was informed that more than 65000 patients reported in Karachi hospitals during this period out of which about 1250 lost their lives. Most of those who lost their lives were shelter less people, including beggars, whose dehydration was aggravated due to fasting in extreme weather.
Chief Secretary Sindh briefed the Prime Minister on the Greater Karachi Bulk water supply scheme under which 260 MGD water would be brought from Kinjhar lake to Karachi, to meet present and future needs of Karachi. The project would be completed in three phases.
The Prime Minister directed that a monitoring committee comprising federal and provincial government officials be set up to ensure efficiency and transparency in its execution in a speedy manner. Federal government would share the project cost with the provincial government, he said.
The meeting was also briefed on 17.8-km Green Line bus rapid transit system, having a capacity of 300,000 passenger trips per day, which is being funded by the federal government. Rs. 8 billion has already been released by the federal government for the project. Green Line would integrate with Karachi’s master transportation plan.
Other participants of the meeting included Governor Sindh, Dr Eshrat Ul Ibad Khan; Minister for Interior, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan; Minister for Climate Change, Mr. Mushahidullah Khan; Minister for Information, Mr. Pervaiz Rasheed; Minister for SAFRON, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Abdul Qadir Baloch; MOS for Health, Ms. Saira Afzal Tarar; Chairman NDMA along with members of the Sindh Cabinet and senior federal and provincial government officials.