There’s a little information available as to who is mainly responsible for the planning and supervision of the masterplan of the 17 cities. This could be due to the fact that the masterplan covers a vast area and caters to the development requirements of different segments. Generally, urban developmental projects and other socioeconomic ventures fall under the flagship of the Sindh Planning and Development Department.

Established in the year 1970, the Sindh Planning and Development Department (P&DD) is a state-owned department that is mainly responsible for the socioeconomic development of the province. Several other departments function under the flagship of this authority, and ‘Urban Policy and Strategic planning’ is one of them. As per the official website, the department is in charge of:

  • Planning for urbanization and policy development
  • Conducting economic research
  • Providing technical assistance
  • Supervising and processing all development schemes submitted by other departments and suggesting amendments as per provincial/governmental standards
  • Evaluating and analyzing development programs in the province
  • Maintaining the association of developmental schemes with National Planning Agencies

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On 17th February 2020, the Chief Secretary Sindh Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah met a delegation of 45 government officials during the 42nd Specialized Training Program. During the meeting, the secretary informed that the masterplan for the modernization and planned development of 17 cities in the province will be prepared by the government of Sindh.

Commenting on the deadline for the planning stage, the Chief Minister said that the masterplan for 17 cities in Sindh will be completed and made available to the public before the end of 2020.  He further added, “Apart from a separate master plan for Karachi, the Sindh Master Plan will also take into account shadowed cities like Sukkur, Larkana, Mirpurkhas, Nawabshah, Islamkot, and Jamshoro.”  Adding some more cities to the list, he also mentioned Mithi, Sanghar, Naushahro Feroze, Dadu, Mitiari, Umerkot, and Tando Allahyar as a part of Sindh’s masterplan.

Sharing a few highlights of the development, he said that the government is following global standards for developing the Thar Coal Power Project, which will be a major step towards modernization. The project, currently, is helping to generate employment for locals, and seventy percent of the labour force is being hired from the nearby areas. He further added that the authorities are working strategically and have also developed an airport for the Thar Coal Project.

Shifting the conversation to various developments in Karachi, he said that the government will take special considerations of the civic infrastructure of Karachi and it is a significant part of the masterplan. As per some officials associated with the initiative, some of the projects related to road networks, flyovers, and subways boasting a cumulative length of 150 km had already been delivered in Karachi.

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