City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal has said that construction work on IT Tower will begin in few weeks. This, he said, would be a unique building in Pakistan housing 10,000 call centers and generating over 40,000 jobs for the youth. A sum of $200 million is being invested in this project.
Out of 10,000 call centers, 6,000 have been booked even before the start of construction work on the building.
He expressed these views while addressing a seminar of Inbox Company at a local hotel on Wednesday. Inbox has been hired by city government for the computerisation of Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.
The city Nazim said that, in today’s world, public problems could only be solved with the use of information technology that which is why information technology was being introduced in all departments of the city government. This, he said, has not only brought with it a considerable improvement in the performance of city government but also reduced the rate of corruption to a great extent. It has also helped establish a closer link between citizens and local bodies, he added.
He said that the city government has arranged information technology training for youths at a cost of Rs120 million, which would help provide respectable jobs to educated youths.
The Nazim said that the city government has introduced a unique public complaints system, besides establishing a command and control system for traffic in the city. Traffic at signal-free corridors will be monitored through digital cameras and this system would have the capacity to be extended to other areas of the city under a gradual process, he added.
He said that the city government has used information technology to break up the land mafia and now all records pertaining to land management were being digitised speedily. “With this, not only the record of actual land owners would be secured but the land mafia would also not be able to occupy any piece of land by forging documents,” he added.
He said that, in today’s world, solution of public problems in a huge city like Karachi could not be possible without using computer technology.
The Nazim further said that Abbasi Shaheed Hospital was almost at the verge of closure, when the hospital medicines were being sold to private medical stores. However, with the use of modern technology, this process has been successfully stopped and, after the rehabilitation of its major departments, this hospital has now become the number one government hospital in Karachi, he added.