Karachi: According to news sources, Sindh Chief Minister CM Syed Murad Ali Shah informed the World Bank (WB) delegation in a virtual meeting on Friday (Aug 6) that the provincial government has decided to award plots to 6,500 people affected by the anti-encroachment drive along Karachi’s drains and waterways.

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World Bank South Asia Regional Vice President Hartwig, Country Director Najy Benhassine, Sindh Irrigation Minister Jam Khan Shoro, and Chief Secretary Mumtaz Ali Shah were present during the meeting. Several WB-funded initiatives are now underway in the city, according to the chief minister. Murtaza Wahab has been appointed as the Administrator of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation, and would be in charge of overseeing the projects’ progress, he said.

CM Syed Murad Ali Shah urged that the World Bank vice president and country director give a development package for Sukkur, Larkana, and Hyderabad during the meeting. WB representatives agreed to provide an uplift package for the building of roads, bus stops, sewerage, water supply, and other associated infrastructure.

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In addition, the chief minister stated that the new four-year cooperation with the World Bank will focus on five areas: economic development, health, education, climate change, participatory or inclusive growth, and climate change.

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