Imran Khan and his team from PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) promised us:
We will transform Karachi into a vibrant competitive megacity through large-scale reforms in governance and with the provision of public services such as housing, mass transit, water and sanitation. We want to make Karachi the urban jewel of Pakistan.
Karachi is Pakistan’s economic engine, but it has suffered from over two decades of consistent neglect and mismanagement. Population density is very high, with 20,000 people per square kilometre whereas infrastructure is weak. Karachi’s transit systems are underdeveloped, with a competition of 45 citizens per bus seat, compared to 12 in Mumbai. Water is scarce, as only 55% of daily water needs are met due to the monopoly structure in place by a water mafia. Approximately half of Karachi’s citizens have access to sanitation. The root cause of Karachi’s poor state is its poor local governance systems, which is neither empowered nor resourceful enough to resolve these issues.
We will depoliticise Karachi’s police service and implement a merit-based professional system to improve management.
We will continue to work on the national action plan and will begin crack-down on land & bhatta mafias in collaboration with the Sindh Rangers and civil/local government.
We will provide clean drinking to all Karachi residents and implement plan to solve Karachi water problems. In the process, we will crack down on the water mafia, illegal connections on public pipelines and champion the development of desalination plant.
We will aggressively improve waste management and resolve sanitation issues in Karachi through a component sharing model with public, private and community funding.
We will champion housing for the urban poor outside of Karachi with efficient commute infrastructure.
We will transform and massively enhance the capacity of Karachi’s mass transit system by leveraging on public and private financing.
You can read these promises in the complete manifesto document released by PTI available HERE in English and HERE in Urdu.
Find below the expert`s analysis on the progress of above promise :