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Sindh local government, housing budget Increased to Rs62.5 billion

Sindh Local Government Housing Budget Increase

Sindh local government, housing budget Increased to Rs62.5 billion

In a significant move aimed at accelerating development projects, the Sindh government has announced an increase in the housing budget allocated to its local government department. The Chief Minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah, shared this news during his budget speech in the provincial assembly on Saturday. The housing budget for the incoming financial year 2023-24 has been raised from Rs62 billion to Rs62.5 billion, reflecting the government’s commitment to fostering progress and addressing the needs of the people.

Enhancing Development Opportunities for Local Communities

Under the increased housing budget, a substantial amount of Rs62.5 billion will be allocated to support various development initiatives focusing on local government, housing, and town planning projects. This infusion of funds will play a pivotal role in driving growth and improving the quality of life for residents across the province.

Promoting Public Health Engineering and Rural Development

Recognizing the importance of public health engineering and rural development, the Sindh government has earmarked Rs24.35 billion to enhance the provision of essential services in these areas. This allocation will contribute to vital projects aimed at ensuring access to clean water, sanitation facilities, and improved living conditions for rural communities.

Investing in Government Buildings and Road Network

To bolster infrastructure development, the government has allocated Rs89.05 billion towards the construction and maintenance of government buildings and roads. This substantial investment will pave the way for the creation of robust public infrastructure, enabling efficient governance and facilitating seamless connectivity across the province.

Increasing Grants-in-Aid for Municipal Corporations

The Sindh government recognizes the critical role played by municipal corporations in maintaining essential services and supporting their employees. In a bid to further strengthen these entities, grants-in-aid have been increased for various municipal corporations. The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) will receive a grant of Rs650 million, up from Rs600 million, while the Hyderabad, Sukkur, and Larkana Municipal Corporations will see their grants rise from Rs30 million to Rs45 million. These grants are disbursed on a monthly basis and contribute to the timely payment of pensions and salaries to employees.

Focused Efforts on Solid Waste Management

The Sindh government remains committed to addressing the challenge of solid waste management in the province. In the budget books’ volume V, under the Sindh Local Government, Housing & Town Planning head, a total allocation of Rs826 million has been set aside for the Sindh solid waste management program, excluding foreign project assistance. It is noteworthy that no new scheme has been included for this program. Although there has been a reduction of Rs762 million compared to the previous year, the government will continue its endeavors to effectively manage solid waste and promote a cleaner environment.

Water Supply and Sanitation Priorities

To address the pressing issues related to water supply and sanitation, the government has allocated Rs2.6356 billion for the water supply and sanitation program in the upcoming fiscal year. This allocation encompasses a total of 440 development schemes, including 168 new initiatives. However, there has been a significant decline of 73% in the estimated budget compared to the previous year’s allocation of Rs35.884 billion. The government remains committed to tackling water supply and sanitation challenges through strategic investments and innovative solutions.

Developing Robust Road Infrastructure

Recognizing the importance of a well-connected transportation network, the Sindh government has allocated Rs20.793 billion for the development of roads under the Sindh Local Government, Housing budget & Town Planning head. This investment aims to enhance transportation facilities, reduce congestion, and promote economic growth across the province. Additionally, a budget of Rs12.524 billion has been estimated for the Mega Scheme for Karachi City, comprising 20 schemes aimed at transforming the city’s infrastructure. While no new schemes have been introduced this year, the government’s focus remains on ensuring the timely completion of ongoing projects and addressing the infrastructure needs of Karachi.

Budget Plan

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Conclusion

With an increased budget allocation, the Sindh government demonstrates its commitment to driving development, improving public services, and addressing critical infrastructure needs across the province. These investments in local government, housing, town planning, public health engineering, and infrastructure development projects will play a pivotal role in shaping a prosperous and sustainable future for the people of Sindh. The government’s unwavering dedication to addressing challenges and seizing opportunities underscores its vision for a better tomorrow.

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