City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal has said that as a result of urbanization the population of Karachi has touched the mark of 18 million and it is further estimaed to reach the mark of 30million by 2020.
NAZIM KARACHI ADDRESS TO CONFERENCE IN RICE UNIVERSITY HOUSTON.
Population wise Karachi is bigger than 60 countries and it also holds the distinction of 7th largest city of the world. Keeping all this in mind we have been developing Karachi and have planned to meet the requirements till 2020. Due to our this policy Karachi has now become an attractive destination for investors all over the world.
He said this while addressing a three day De Lange Conference on Transforming the Metropolis, Creating Sustainable and Humane Cities at Rice University, Houston.
Nazim Karachi Address to Conference in Rice University Houston.
The 3 day conference was attended by experts of urbanization from many countries. Nazim Karachi Syed Mustafa Kamal was the only speaker from Pakistan who delivered his speech on the problems faced by mega cities and their development aspects.
The participants and audience at the Rice University Auditorium Hall admired and appreciated the vision of City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal.
Earlier the host of the conference Professor Michael Emerson of Socialogy Department welcomed Nazim Karachi at the Conference. He said that Syed Mustafa Kamal is a young mayor of Karachi who has worked hard to provide basic facilities to citizens of Karachi while getting them on board in municipal affairs.
He also cited Nazim Karachi’s inclusion among the mayors at the moment by Foreign Policy Magazine and said that he got this distinction due to the achievements and works he performed for his city.
Nazim Karachi Syed Mustafa Kamal in his speech said that Haq Parast City Government in Karachi has while making various measures for solution of basic civic problems also made the planning till 2020.
He said that many problems of big cities could be overcomed with better stratregy and good planning.
City Government Karachi has prepared a comprehensive Master Plan in which separate planning has been done for every sector.
Nazim Karachi further said that we have initiatated and worked on many international facilities aimed at raising the standard of life in Karachi during last three and half years. In this process we have also taken some innovative measures including the introduction of 1339 toll free number to citizens for registering their complaints regarding civic problems for which we have also awarded with ISO 9001 Certification.
He said that for sustainable growth we need unity of command in Karachi.
Nazim Karachi said that on taking charge of City Government three and half years ago we found the city in a very dilapidated condition but we started reconstruction and rehabilitation work under a thorough planning and a distinct vision in which we got success.
He said that geographically Karachi holds much importance in the region.It is the gateway to Afghanistan and Central Asia while also nearer to Middle East.
Nazim Karachi said that in past Karachi had not proper infrastructure. The citizens were facing many problems. The city lacked any Mass Transit System and the traffic jam was a routine affair.
We have initiated a fast paced development process in Karachi during which we worked on the construction of signal free corridors while rehabilitating water and sewerage infrastructure in the city.
Nazim Karachi said that Karachi is an international city and we have to compete with other mega cities of the world for which we have marketed Karachi all over the world and provided best opportunities for investors.