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KARACHI: Mayor Wasim Akhtar on Monday assured full cooperation to a delegation of Dawat-i-Islami concerning arrangements during the upcoming month of Rabiul Awwal.

Members of the religious group had called on the mayor to discuss with him arrangements around its Faizan-i-Madina Markaz during Rabiul Awwal.

The members, including Mohammad Yaqoob Attari and Mohammad Yahya Attari, requested the mayor to carry out repairs and patchwork of roads around Faizan-i-Madina and remove encroachments along with fixing street lights.

Chairman of DMC East Moeed Anwer, Metropolitan Commissioner Dr Syed Saif-ur-Rehman and other officers were also present.

The mayor said that the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation would make all necessary arrangements for the month and would coordinate with the district municipal corporation concerned.

He also directed the chairman of works committee to conduct a survey of the area and start the repair and patchwork of the roads.

Mr Akhtar also instructed the anti-encroachment, mechanical and electrical departments to ensure the removal of encroachments and fixing of street lights in this area. He said that trimming of trees along University Road was also necessary to avoid any traffic accident.

The mayor also directed to carry out work in Hussainabad to facilitate the participants of Rabiul Awwal processions and other religious events.

Improving medical services

The mayor said that professional and technical education centres would be approached for cooperation in the better management of 13 KMC-run hospitals.

He said this in a meeting with faculty members of the Institute of Health and Medical Sciences of Jinnah Sindh Medical University who, led by its director Prof Abuzar Wajidi, visited the KMC head office on Monday.

Metropolitan Commissioner Dr Syed Saif-ur-Rehman, senior director health and medical services Dr Birbal and others were also present.

Mayor Akhtar said that professional staff equipped with knowledge of hospital management, finance and accounts could help bring improvement in the performance in medical institutions.

Professor Wajidi briefed the mayor about the institute and the university, its educational activities and courses, and degrees offered to medical professionals.

Beautification of city corridors

Metropolitan Commissioner Dr Rehman chaired a meeting in his office with directors of various KMC departments and gave directives for the beautification of city corridors and removal of encroachments.

He said that encroachments around hospitals should be cleared so that patients and their attendants should not have to suffer due to these obstacles.

He especially cited Sir Shah Suleman Road, Aga Khan Hospital, Sibghatullah Rashidi Road, New Town roundabout and the roundabout of Mazar-i-Quaid where trimming of trees was essential.

He also directed the supervisor of KMC building at M.A. Jinnah Road to ensure cleanliness in the building.

In the meeting he directed to carry out auction of 1.5 acres land vacated in Orangi Town so that it could be saved from further encroachments.

Published in Dawn, October 23rd, 2018

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