Work on other parks is also moving at snail’s pace owing to the paucity of funds and the slackness of the concerned officers
Commissioner Hyderabad Abbas Baloch warns Assistant Commissioner Qasimabad and other concerned officers of strict action
Hyderabad: It transpired during a meeting chaired by Commissioner Hyderabad Muhammad Abbas Baloch on Friday that the rehabilitation work of city’s historic Rani Bagh, other parks and recreational places is going on at snail’s pace owing to the paucity of funds and the slackness of the concerned officers.
Taking notice of the slow pace of the rehabilitation work of the parks, the Commissioner directed the concerned Assistant Commissioners/Administrators and also the management of the parks to expedite the development work or otherwise the strict action will be taken against them.
He said that a team of experts from Shaheed Allah Baksh Soomro University (SABSU) of Art, Design and Heritage Jamshoro is assisting in landscaping and designing of parks under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and Assistant Professor Fahad Nizamani, on behalf of the University, is voluntarily providing technical support in the rehabilitation of Rani Bagh.
Expressing his displeasure over the performance of Assistant Commissioner Qasimabad, who is also Administrator of Qasimabad Town Committee, the Commissioner said that the rehabilitation work of Rani Bagh, falls in his jurisdiction, has been delayed due to his lethargic performance.
Commissioner sternly reprimanded the Assistant Commissioner Qasimabad Gadda Hussain Soomro and directed him to keep liaison and collaborate with Mr. Nizamani for the early restoration of Rani Bagh, Zoo and Open Air Theater so that recreational activities could be started for the general public of the City.
Commissioner also directed Deputy Commissioner Hyderabad to monitor the rehabilitation work of the parks more efficiently and effectively.
Giving a detailed briefing on the ongoing works in the parks, the Deputy Commissioner Hyderabad Fuad Ghaffar Soomro said that the restoration work of the parks were delayed due the lack of the funds and assured that the development work on the parks will be expedited.
Divisional Commissioner said that a Memorandum of Understanding would also be signed with SABSU for the rehabilitation work of Hussainabad Park on coming Tuesday, and after that the rehabilitation work of the park will be started soon according the technically suggested design and landscaping by the University Experts.
Commissioner Baloch directed the Administrator Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (HMC) Safdar Ali Bughio to construct a walking track in Shaheed Millat Park as soon as possible and also to organize a flower show in the park so that the people could have recreational activities there.
The Commissioner also directed MD WASA that the drainage lines of WASA have become an obstacle in the rehabilitation of Wadhu Wah, which should be removed immediately. MD WASA Muzaffar Memon informed the Commissioner that a scheme has been started under which a drainage line is being laid from Naseem Nagar Chowk to Ali Palace on the right side of the road. The scheme will be completed within 4 months, after which the drainage water in Wadhu Wah will be stopped completely.
Commissioner directed the Irrigation Officers to launch an immediate operation to remove the encroachments from both the sides of Wadhu Wah so that the rehabilitation work of Wadhu Wah could be completed timely.
Commissioner advised the experts of Agricultural University Tando Jam, who attended the meeting to support and cooperate for the setting up of Farmers’ Market in Hyderabad. Commissioner Baloch said that in order to facilitate the farmers, there were farmers markets in various countries but regrettably there is no such facility for the farmers here.
He added that the Divisional Administration Hyderabad intends to establish the Farmers’ Market in Hyderabad City and for that an urgent plan is needed, for which consultation is underway with the academia, agro-industrialists and other concerned government departments.
The meeting was attended by Prof. Dr. Bhai Khan Shar, Vice Chancellor SABSU of Art, Design and Heritage Jamshoro, Additional Commissioner-II Tahir Ali Memon, DC Hyderabad, MD WASA, AC Qasimabad, academia from Sindh Agriculture University TandoJam and other concerned officers.