English Speaking Union of Pakistan is going on with its informative programmes that prove quite valuable for its members. In a dignified meeting place ESUP regularly invites important public personalities from all walks of life and provides them their worthy platform to air their views. ESUP is particularly mindful to adhere to the SOPs in respect of COVID-19 and carefully monitors the situation.
This time round ESUP invited Dr. Iftikhar Shallwani who has been recently appointed as Administrator of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) after the term of the Mayor expired. Welcoming Dr. Shallwani, the President of ESUP Aziz Memon stated that he is an outstanding public servant and has proved his mettle by performing outstandingly in all official positions he was assigned to and earned respect and admiration from all quarters. He mentioned that Dr. Shallwani is a consummate civil servant possessing tremendous aplomb and profound common sense. During his tenure as Commissioner Karachi he showed his sterling qualities as a first-rate administrator and exercised his authority with wisdom and restraint.
Administrator KMC Dr. Shallwani spoke at length about the other projects under way in Karachi such as the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR), the Green Line bus service, the K-IV water supply project and solid waste management. Shallwani has said that he hopes to see a modern tram line with its first station, or point, at the Street Library near Metropole. He said the trams he wanted to see running in the city would have a different route from the Green Line but they would be on the roads just like cars. He said that Turkey had offered assistance in launching the tram service in Karachi. He said the proposed service would cover a nine-kilometre-long route from Metropole to PIDC traffic intersection to I.I. Chundrigar Road, Tower via Shaheen Complex.
About the KCR, he said that 14 stations were ready though they would not be able to loop the entire city because closing the old crossings would create traffic chaos, thus they would have overhead passes. For the Green Line, he said that it would be followed by the Red Line and Yellow Line and further networks, too. TW