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PRESS RELEASE June 27, 2019

Karachi Infrastructure and Institutions Modernization Gets Underway

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2019 – . The projects will focus on urban management, public transport, and safe water and sanitation to enhance Karachi’s livability and competitiveness. This builds on findings of the Karachi Transformative Strategy, which estimates infrastructure needs of $9-10 billion for the city. The three projects and the ongoing Karachi Neighborhood Improvement Project will help reduce this resource gap and help the city meet the needs of its women and men.

Pakistan@100: Shaping the Future outlines a pathway for Pakistan to become a prosperous country by 2047. Karachi is central to achieving this as the engine of economic growth, given its contribution to the national economy.

“We are committed to supporting the transformation of Karachi into a livable and competitive megacity,” said Illango Patchamuthu, World Bank Country Director for Pakistan. .”

The Competitive and Livable City of Karachi Project ($230 million) will improve urban management, service delivery and the business environment. It will help improve performance and service delivery by local councils through performance-based grants for urban management and infrastructure. The project will modernize the urban property tax system, incentivize private sector participation in service delivery, enhance ease of doing business, and improve solid waste management.  

The Karachi Mobility Project ($382 million) will improve access to jobs, mobility, and safety through a Bus Rapid Transit system along the 21-km Yellow Corridor. . The corridor starts at Dawood Chowrangi in the east, runs through the Korangi industrial area, and ends in Numaish at the city center. It is one of five priority lines in the city’s transport plan and will benefit commuters along Surjani town and Korangi industrial area. The project will reduce travel time, road traffic fatalities, and reduce emissions.

The Karachi Water and Sewerage Services Improvement Project ($40 million) is part of larger and longer-term $1.6 billion program. This first phase will support an ambitious reform program aiming to improve the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board’s efficiency and sustainability to provide clean drinking water and sanitation services to the citizens of Karachi. . Water supply and sewage networks will also be rehabilitated through investments in at least three informal settlements (Katchi Abadis), pumping stations, and sewer maintenance trucks.


Project Terms

The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development is funding all three Karachi projects.

The World Bank in Pakistan

Pakistan has been a member of the World Bank since 1950. Since then, it has provided $40 billion in assistance. The program is governed by the World Bank Group’s Country Partnership Strategy for FY2015-2020, with four priority areas of engagement: energy, private sector development, inclusion, and service delivery. The current portfolio has 44 projects with a net commitment of $9.2 billion.



Mehreen Saeed
Communications Officer
Elena Karaban
Senior Communications Officer