Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan has said that oil tankers' terminal in Zulfiqarabad is a very important project and now its foundation stone is laid after removing obstacles in its construction. Oil tankers parked in different areas of Karachi including Shirin Jinnah Colony would be shifted here and this relocation work would be carried out with full force that would bring improvement in the flow of traffic on city arteries.
He said this after performing the ground breaking of Oil Tankers Terminal in Zulfiqarabad on Saturday. He was accompanied by federal minister for petroleum Dr Asim Hussain, Administrator KMC Muhammad Hussain Syed, Commissioner Karachi Roshan Ali Shaikh, Director General Technical Services Altaf Memon, Senior Director Health Servies Dr. Shoukat Zaman, Coordinator Oil Tankers Terminal Faisal Saud and other high officials on this occasion.
Governor said in past oil tankers were removed from various areas of the city several times but it was not a permanent solution and the construction of oil tankers parking terminal was the only permanent solution of this problem.
He said this being a joint project carrying out with the cooperation of the Federal Government, Provincial Government, KMC and the Oil Companies. The project would cost Rs1166million and a sum of Rs313million would incur in the first phase of the project.
KMC Administrator Hussain Syed while giving briefing to the Governor and Minister for Petroleum about the project said in the first phase ground levelling and dressing of 150 acres land will be done where 6 to 8 feet filling was underway at some portions. An underground water tank and an overhead tank with shades will also be built in this terminal which would have room for 2375 tankers at a time. Following the directive of Governor Sindh parking of oil tankers at other places in the city will not be allowed after completion of this project.
Administrator Karachi said construction of such an oil tankers terminal was an old demand of the citizens of Karachi which was being fulfilled. The second phase of the project would cost Rs800million.Federal Petroleum Minister Dr Asim Hussain expressed hope that construction of oil tankers parking terminal would bring considerable improvement in the city's environment and help in eradication of air pollution. He said the governor and Administrator KMC had paid especially attention on this project. Oil tankers would have trouble in their journey to and from port that is why I would request the federal government, PSO and other concerned organizations to construct the roads and flyovers so that the traffic flow could be improved. He said we will try to inaugurate the first part of this project with its completion in next two months.
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(Originally published April 15, 2012, in The Nation.)