The Administrator of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) Rauf Akhtar Farooqi has said that financial assistance from donor agencies will be sought to improve civic facilities in the metropolis. Talking to a six-member delegation of the World Bank at his office, here on Thursday, he said that the KMC needed a lot of funds to ensure provision of civic facilities in the city. The World Bank team comprised Peter Ellis , Ming Zhang , Fatima Shah , Shahnaz Arshad , Moazzam Ahmed and Khalid Siddiqui . The KMC Administrator said that the improvement of rain-water drainage system is the first priority of the KMC, besides road transport, solid waste management and other matters. Metropolitan Commissioner Samiuddin Siddiqui and senior directors of relevant departments were also present. Rauf Akhtar apprised the delegation of the significance of Karachi city in the socio-economic development of the country. He said that the population of the metropolis is rapidly growing and the available resources are not enough to cater the needs of the increasing population. The Administrator said that city planners have prepared Karachi Strategic Development Plan, which is aimed at bridging the gap between resources and expenditures. The World Bank delegation told the Administrator that the purpose of their visit was to discuss possibilities of technical assistance in socio-economic and administrative fields. They said that the World Bank is looking at development programmes with three angles which are planning, investment and financing-investment, and necessary funding can be arranged in more fields in light of feasibility reports. The Administrator Karachi told the delegation about the features of Sindh local government laws, besides the projects of water supply, cleanliness and other fields undertaken in the city.
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