MoU’s for a better Karachi

Atleast someone in the govt. understands we need a Better Karachi. Four departments of the CDGK have signed MoU’s with private firms for betterment of the city. I hope this brings about some change in the way things work around here.

The first MoU was signed between the CDGK’s Transport and Communication Group of Offices and Air Care (Pvt) Ltd to operate a city-wide vehicle fitness and emissions testing program with the support of the CDGK.

The second MoU, signed between the CDGK’s Master Plan Group of Offices and Smart City Development (Pvt) Ltd, is aimed at bringing in direct foreign investment, expertise and resources for the development and maintenance of a “Special Economic Zone” in Karachi. The CDGK will offer supporting legislation and enforcement that will lead to the long term viability of the project.

The third MoU was signed by the CDGK’s Water and Sanitation Group of Offices and Smart City Developments (Pvt) Ltd to improve the delivery of critical city services by developing “city-wide fibre networks of smart city information services” in parallel with CDGK’s water and sewerage development projects as per existing rules and regulations.

The fourth MoU was signed with Metro Link (Pvt) Ltd to develop a phase-wise “CNG Bus Transit” in Karachi. The CDGK will offer Metro Link (Pvt) Ltd incentives, as per existing rules and regulations, in the form of assigning routes, zones and pricing structures to help setting up an effective bus service

15 Comments so far

  1. PatExpat (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2007 @ 3:12 pm

    Mansoor,

    I think yesterday’s rain has played havoc with your brain. Not to prick a needle in your bubble, but you know what would have been better:

    1. Track record of the firms signing the projects. Who are the people at their helm?
    2. Its just an MoU (not binding). The government can sign as many MoUs as it does not imply anything or has money already changed hand before signing an MoU.
    3. I am sure Air Care wont be conducting the tests for free. What rate has been agreed to be charged to consumers? Was it the lowest rate? Did we ask for bids? Who are these people and what sort of experiece they have in running these type of operations?

    How about converting the existing buses to CNG? They did it in India despite their own transport mafia? Will they keep polluting city.


  2. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2007 @ 3:36 pm

    Mustafa Kudaal has fallen ill:

    tinyurl.com/3c8fmq

    So City Nazim follows his Peer Saab and gave similar reason which was given by Bai several years ago when he had fun at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for months.

    Wonder why Kamal chose Abbasi Shaheed? *grin*


  3. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2007 @ 3:37 pm

    Mustafa Kudaal has fallen ill:

    tinyurl.com/3c8fmq

    So City Nazim follows his Peer Saab and gave similar reason which was given by Bai several years ago when he had fun at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for months.

    Wonder why Kamal chose Abbasi Shaheed? *grin*

    City Nazim was being called in courts so he came up with this drama.


  4. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2007 @ 4:57 pm

    Poor Kudaal- on paid medical leave.


  5. Kashif (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2007 @ 6:36 pm

    Guess he is going abroad soon for further medical checkup.


  6. Kashif (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2007 @ 6:38 pm

    MoU’s are nothing but promises on paper, as Ghalib said:

    tairay waaday par jiyeh hum tau yeh jaan jhoot jana
    k khushi say mar na jatay agar aitebar hota

    More agreements means more money for the ruling party and its associates.


  7. Reality_Check (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2007 @ 8:53 pm

    @Mansoor great job to bring this up. I am sick and tired of whining individuals who have made this blog their abode.
    After decades of neglect, finally Karachi is coming out of its slumber, despite enormous challenges and weather impedepments, this cities dynamic mayor is doing doing a great job of taking the city forward. For those who are always concerned with the legalities, the esteemed Supreme Court has also given him a pat on the back. So appreciate his efforts and contribute.


  8. AHmed (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 6:16 am

    I cant believe people on this blog actually have negative things to say about Mustafa Kamal. He has seriously worked day and night to improve the city. All these idiots want to do is bitch moan and complain. SHAME ON YOU! These are the kinds of jahil and low lives that have no sense of decency or appriciation when a person rises above the call and works for a good cause.


  9. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 9:07 am

    Ahmed, kid calling names of others can’t hide the fact that Kudaal is part of MQM government hence involved all activities of Bhatta Khories and others. If kudaal don’t do that,he would be sent to Azeem Tariq by Altaf Bai who ordered to kill tariq when he didn’t *Obey* his decisions. So don’t abuse others for someone else’s sins.


  10. Ahmed (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 9:36 am

    Your “guilty by association” logic is fundamentally flaud. Its like saying that all Muhajirs are sinners because Altaf Hussain is a Muhajir and he is a sinner. At least stand corrected and accept that SMK has done tremendous work for the city of Karachi. This is work that has never been done before. Go to the City government website http://www.karachicity.gov.pk/ and READ. Do your damn research before you point fingers. Read the 300 page transportation case study that has been done. It includes plans that are already in the works and big steps have already been taken. This is not stuff that was made up to look good, it is already under way. Again, have the decency to accept the accomplishments, look at the work that has been done and stop being ignorant. Be a part of the solution and not the problem


  11. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 12:20 pm


    Your “guilty by association” logic is fundamentally flaud. Its like saying that all Muhajirs are sinners because Altaf Hussain is a Muhajir and he is a sinner.

    I can figure out where it hurt you most. Who blamed entire mohajir community. MQM goons should come out of this perception that Mohajir==MQM. That was never true in past. Several PPP, IJI and other party members are mohajirs but never supported MQM so your lame logic doesn’t hold water.


    Go to the City government website http://www.karachicity.gov.pk/ and READ. Do your damn research before you point fingers

    *grin*

    you emotional rant just reflects how much u got hurt :-)

    look dude, unlike Barsati Maindaks like Mansoor and others, I had association with MQM for a decade and I know few of their *prominent figure* personally by various sources so don’t preach them about MQM because it’s just like a physics newbie tries to argue with an experienced person.

    I have been visiting site for long, maybe before your own birth. Unlike you I don’t rely on website. Just visit Civic center, people there would tell you that how MQM goons in SIND govt made Naimatullah’s life hell by not releasing his fund just because they wanted to take credit of projects. Whatever overhead bridghes,flyovers are you seeing today were proposed in Naimatullah Era. the millitant of Altaf tried their best to create trouble for Naimatullah. I remember How MQM goons in 2005 were whining about under construction roads and were abusing Jamaat’s govt. Now goons themselves made this city a big graveyard and now their supporters get pissed if somenoe shows the naked reality about MQM.

    Keep your rants to yourself as they hold NO water.


    look at the work that has been done and stop being ignorant.

    I can just grin on your innocence :-)


  12. mansoor (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 2:07 pm

    ahmed: dont let adnan’s comment hurt you, we’ve seen in the past he’s fundamentally against anything MQM.

    Whatever party affiliation there was, i see and feel the impact of the nazim’s work, something which my parents and grandparents used to complain about on a continual basis about not being there.

    He’s undoing the mistakes of 5 decades, when this city was left on its own devices to make it.. it takes time undoing all the wrong, but he led us off to a great start.


  13. Ahmed (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 6:31 pm

    Adnan, your entire reply seems to be about MQM. It clearly shows you are not competant enough to read and understand what I wrote. My post was not about supporting MQM, it was about supporting people that are doing good for the city.

    Bottom line: you’re a part of the problem and all you’ve done in complain, when infact SMK has fixed things and done good for the city. I don’t care what “party” he belongs to as long as progress is being made. You cannot name every person a “sinner” just because of their origin or roots.

    And yes, I am very emotionally attached to Karachi. I know with the progress that is being made, the city is on the right path and what we do not need is people like you discouraging and discrediting the work in progress :)


  14. Reality_Chec (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 4:36 am

    I came across this new portal, by the city government.

    Check this out, it looks good but could be better;

    http://www.karachicity.gov.pk/


  15. Qasim KZ (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 12:14 am

    Sirf Altaf !! CDGK has done best efforts and is developing karachi, unlike etxx. Sinner or no sinner in all histroy of Pakistan these have been comparably the most peaceful years of Karachi. Someone deserves credit for that. !!! the rest I know why they comment and all I can say is majority is authority like it is in other parts of Pakistan. So if you dont like it, were broadminded.

    -Q



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