Karachi: Syed Murad Ali Shah, the Chief Minister of Sindh, said on Wednesday that the provincial cabinet had decided in June to resettle the locally displaced persons (LDPs) whose homes had been razed along three main storm water drains.

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He noted, speaking at a meeting of the Provincial Coordination and Implementation Committee (PCIC) here, that about 250 acres of land would be required, with each unit requiring 80 square yards.

Lt Gen Mohammad Saeed, Karachi Corps Commander, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, CM’s Law Adviser Murtaza Wahab, Planning & Development Board Chairman Hassan Nqavi, NED University Vice Chancellor Dr Sarosh Lodhi, Karachi Commissioner Iqbal Memon, and others were in attendance.

Mr Shah stated that the Lyari Development Authority (LDA) had been told to set aside 500 acres at Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Township (SMBBT) and the Malir Development Authority (MDA) had been directed to set aside 250 acres in Taiser Town Scheme-45 for LDPs.

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He said it appeared feasible to resettle each displaced family in a housing unit, which would require an investment of Rs10 billion to build 6,500 housing units and create infrastructure and facilities.

He went on to say that Rs6.5 billion would go toward home building, with the remaining Rs3.5 billion going toward infrastructure and amenities.

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