Construction projects for Karachi’s fishermen villages announced

Three floating jetties and passenger sheds will be constructed at the Baba and Bhit islands and Mubarak Village, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has announced.

The projects, costing more than Rs250 million, will provide
the islands including Shams Pir easy access to the city through a bridge, Murad
said during a reception hosted by fishermen leader Hussain Aslam Bhatti at the
Bhit Island on Wednesday according to a Sindh government press release.

“My village is located near Manchhar Lake where hundreds of
fishermen live on the boats and on the lake’s banks,” said the chief minister
adding that he had first-hand understanding of fishermen’s issues.

He said the construction work of the bridges will be
executed by the local government department directing Local Government Minister
Nasir Shah to initiate work and expected the work to be complete by the end of
the year.

Murad said that he has also approved schemes of drainage,
water supply and brick roads for the twin islands, Shams Pir and Saulehabad
worth Rs600 million.

The chief minister also promised the fishermen of refreshing
the near-expiry leases of their villages through the Board of Revenue.

He also directed Karachi Commissioner Naveed Shaikh to
arrange a vaccination unit for the fishermen living in these islands.

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