China to build Kandkot-Ghotki bridge

China to build Kandkot-Ghotki bridge

KARACHI: (APP) Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that his government has decided to construct another bridge on River Indus to connect Ghotki with Kandhkot and sought cooperation from China in various infrastructure development.

This would be a revolution in the area to carry traffic of Sindh-Punjab and Balochistan apart from facilitating the people of two districts.

This he said while talking to a six-member Chinese delegation of Ranken Railway Construction Group Co. Ltd who called on him at CM House here on Thursday, said a statement.

The delegation was led by Tang Jikai and other members were Li Yang, Yao Lang, Yao Lan, Wang Jue, Wang Lei, Wang Changqi. The chief minister was assisted by Secretary Finance Sohail Rajut and Chief Minister's advisor on Inspection & Inquiries Haji Muzafar Shujrah.

The Chinese delegation said that they have expertise in bullet train, circular railways and construction of roads and bridges.

He said that they have studies the requirement and ridership priorities of different corridors.

The CM Sindh said that his government has constructed two bridges on River Indus, one at Thatta-Sujawal and other one at Jhirk- Mula Katiar which is near completion.

"We have planned another bridge on River Indus at Kandhkot-Ghotki, which would be 1.5 kilometer long and would ease traffic flow of Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan and also reduce long distance of over 75 kilometers between Ghotki and Kandhkot," he said.

He added that this bridge would be launched under Public Private Partnership mode because it would have immense commercial transport.

"I would like to invite you to participate in its bids to be invited in the third week of July," he said.

Syed Qaim Ali Shah also said that Karachi's genuine need is a well-planned and state of the art circular railway to provide efficient, effective and fast transport facilities without creating any sort of pollution.

The delegation showed their interest in circular railways and Kandhkot-Ghotki bridge on River Iudus and they fixed their meeting with Secretary Finance Sohail Rajput who also heads Public Private Partnership Unit to discuss working partnership.

Syed Qaim Ali Shah also said that Sindh government was also working on environmental issues.

He said that keeping in view climatic changes, the government would launch special tree plantation, vegetation on mountains and would also work to introduce such trees which could be grown in desert area of Thar, Kohistan and Kachho area.

Sindh government would need help from China and others countries working on environment, he added.