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KARACHI, Sept 12: The city government has initiated work on reconstruction of Gole Market, Nazimabad, at a cost of Rs 10.750 million.

The work which was lying in abeyance for the last 20 years will be completed in six months.

The market has 112 shops which are in a bad shape and the shopkeepers are carrying out businesses in the alley for the last many years.

According to the plan, the new market will have 128 shops. It will have a 3,000 gallons overhead water tank and 10 bath-rooms.

Besides, the floor of the market will be raised by four feet so as facilitate the disposal of water and sewerage. All shops will have steel doors.

Laying the foundation-stone of the construction work, Nazim Naimatullah Khan announced that original owners will be handed over shops in six months so that they could earn “Halal” livelihood.

He said that Karachi’s leadership never disappointed the people. He said projects lying in files for years were extracted and those which had become complicated were solved.

Naimatullah said construction of this market was delayed but it was a 20-year-old issue and its solution was difficult. However, with the help of Almighty Allah, the present leadership resolved it.

He said the City Government leadership is keen to provide all facilities to the people and has made it once again the city of lights. He said that 80 per cent problems of city will be solved in the next two years.

Union Council Nazim Syed Gohar Islam thanked the Nazim and said the people were quite perturbed because of the condition of the market. He said alongwith the market outer roads will also be constructed.

SCHOOL-BUILDING: The city government has started work on construction of new building of Government Boys and Girls Primary School Nazimabad No 1, Union Council-10, Liaquatabad Town at a cost of Rs 6.1 million.

On completion, the school whose foundation-stone was laid by the city Nazim on Friday will provide the facility of education up to middle and secondary classes.

Speaking at the ceremony, the City Nazim asked the teachers to work for enhancing the standard of education in government schools.

He said under the Rs 10 million programme, which has been chalked out by City Government to wipe out illiteracy, some 10,000 educated youth will get employment and they would teach the illiterates at 8,900 literacy centres.

Naimatullah Khan said it was his earnest desire that side by side raising the quality of education, the literacy rate in Karachi should touch the 100 percent mark and he is quite confident in this regard.

He pointed out that environment in the city’s educational institutions has changed. The buildings have been painted and furniture, cold water, fans and doors have been arranged.

He said that the educational institutions are being upgraded as required and such institutions where students will get higher number on merit will be preferred for development.

The Nazim announced that institutions securing 75 percent A-one grade positions will be upgraded to higher secondary level so that their students could continue education there.

Union Nazim Abid Ilyas said that this school had partially closed and used to open only by name with no attendance of teachers and students.—APP