KARACHI: Administrator Karachi Barrister Murtaza Wahab on Wednesday said that “we want local body elections in Karachi after the delimitation through proper census but if the Election Commission wants, the Sindh government is ready to hold local body elections in February and March.”
Receiving municipal utility charges of Rs. 200 per month from three million customers of K-Electric will generate Rs 60 million per month and Rs 7.2 billion per annum for KMC,” he expressed these views while talking to media persons in his office on Wednesday.
He said, “I have agreed in the Election Commission to hold the local body elections in Sindh in February or March.”
He said that the inclusion of municipal utility bill in K Electric’s bills would help KMC to stand on its own two feet.
The Administrator said that if the KMC is not financially stable, it cannot provide services to the citizens. KMC has set a target for the heads of revenue collection departments to improve their performance by September 30, otherwise action will be taken, he added.
He said that four important projects costing Rs 300 million have been tendered in Karachi and work on them will start in next few days.
Barrister Murtaza Wahab said that the real issue to be decided was whether the mayor did not have powers or these powers were not exercised.
He said that the work done in the early days after assuming the charge of Administrator included activating Zulfiqarabad Oil Tankers Terminal.
The Administrator said that data of 8,000 shops located in the markets of KMC have been fully computerized and all these details will be released on the website next week so that everyone can see which shop has which. He said that the appointment of administrators in the District Municipal Corporations has been made in consultation with them and all aspects in this regard have been reviewed.