FAISALABAD: For a city to be successful, it must run like a country, said Prime Minister Imran Khan during a speech to the business community in Faisalabad on Wednesday as he promised the best system of local governance in the country.
PM Imran said that it was the government’s main responsibility to provide facilities to its people adding that Faisalabad could never be repaired from provincial development funds. “If we think we can run Lahore from the Punjab development fund, then the rest of Punjab will be left far behind,” he said.
Citing the example of New York, Tehran and London, the prime minister said that the world’s successful cities operate independently. He said that the mayor of each city would be directly elected.
“The idea is to run the city like a country. “A strong local government system is needed to solve the problem,” said the PM.
He assured the business world that the government was working on creating facilities for their convenience.
He then discussed Pakistan’s financial position and said the country had never taken as many loans as it does today.
In a statement issued on Twitter, the PM’s Office said the prime minister was scheduled to meet leading textile exporters, interacting with factory workers during his trip. PTI lawmakers from the city are also expected to summon the prime minister.
He also inaugurated the Kashmir underpass near Kanal road, a model police station on the civil line and soup kitchen outside the train station.
PM Imran was accompanied by Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar, Federal Minister for Industry and Production Hammad Azhar, Chief Minister of Punjab Usman Buzdar and Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar.
This sounds like something from a science fiction movie, but real-life scientists have been busy studying ultra-precise laser tractor beam systems to change the path and direction of lightning.
There is also a very practical reason behind it: lightning strikes are the main cause of fires Australia’s bushfiresAnd more and more American wildfireTherefore, the lightning transfer system has the potential to save lives, keep wildlife safe and protect a large number of important ecosystems.
“We can imagine a future in which the technology might sense the electrical discharge from lightning strikes, help guide it to safe targets and reduce the risk of catastrophic fires,” The physicist Vladlen Shvedov said From the Australian National University.
The system uses a laser beam to mirror the same process of lightning to create a path and specific target for the discharge.
In short, lightning is just an electric current that bridges the gap between the positively charged points on the ground and the negatively charged points at the bottom of the thundercloud (generated by the strong activity of the thundercloud).
The laser beam proposed by the researchers sets a point for releasing this discharge.In their experiment, they used Graphene The particles act as charge mediators.
“Here, we propose and demonstrate an effective method for triggering, capturing and guiding electrical discharges in the air. The method is based on the use of a low-power continuous wave vortex beam that captures and transmits light-absorbing particles in the air,” The team wrote in the research.
Of course, researchers have not tested this laser-induced air heating system in the case of actual lightning generation in the field, but the small-scale results obtained in the laboratory show that it can accurately control lightning and other discharges.
“The experiment simulated atmospheric conditions similar to those in real lightning,” Sevedov says.
The technology can work over a long distance and only requires a low-power laser, which makes the system reasonably priced, accurate and easy to assemble.The laser intensity used here is approximately previous studies.
Although the word Traction beam Actually originated from science fiction-later known as Star Trek – The laser system developed here complies with the instructions.It is moving lightning, not USS Enterprise, But the same principles apply.
In addition to lightning, the same detailed discharge control shown here can also be used in manufacturing and medicine-for example, to carefully remove cancer tissue without invasive surgery.
“We have an invisible line. This is a pen. We can use it to write light and control the discharge within one-tenth of the width of a human hair.” The physicist Andrey Miroshnichenko said, From the University of New South Wales, Canberra.
“We really started to learn what this new technology might mean.”
The chief minister of Sindh said on Wednesday that this year’s heavy monsoon rains had wreaked havoc on the Karachi and Mirpurkhas divisions, so he had asked the NED University of Engineering & Technology to conduct a study on the Karachi drainage system.
Speaking with World Bank Country Director for Pakistan Najy Benhassine, who summoned the chief executive at CM House, Syed Murad Ali Shah said he had also decided that necessary changes would be made to the design of the Left Bank Outfall Drain (LBOD).
Shah said heavy rains had caused urban flooding in Karachi as well as inundated hundreds of villages in the Mirpurkhas Division and parts of the Hyderabad division. He said he had commissioned NED University to carry out a study on the Karachi drainage system and suggested ways and means of repairing it so that water discharge could be carried out through natural gravity.
He said at the meeting that the university had started its studies and would be finished in the next two months, after which the city drainage system would be designed accordingly. He said World Bank experts should help design a modern drainage system for the city.
CM said there was a design flaw in the 385-kilometer long LBOD, which started flowing backwards at high tide in the sea. “Therefore, instead of dumping salt water or rainwater, LBOD began to submerge the surrounding area.”
Therefore, he said, his party had decided that the design flaws would be excluded from the LBOD. He urged the World Bank to provide technical assistance to provincial governments in eliminating design detection from sewers. Benhassine said his technical team would provide full support to the Sindh government in developing a proper drainage system in Karachi and removing design flaws from the LBOD.
The meeting was informed that the World Bank will build a 61 billion rupee, 22 km bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor in Karachi, including infrastructure, drainage, lighting, busways, stations, terminals and depots.
Shah said Yellow Line is the most important project for the city. He added that it has been developed mainly along the Korangi and Korangi Industrial Zone roads which connect the southeastern part of the city (Korangi City, Landhi Town and Bin Qasim City) which is considered a large and densely populated industrial and residential area.
He said WB was preparing the design but it needed to be accelerated so that the project could be taken up for development. Benhassine assured the chief executive that the project design would be finished soon.
The BRT project will have a 1 km mixed route at Sharea Faisal, with eight underpasses and two elevated U-turns, 268 buses and 28 stations, 22 of which will be inclined and the remaining six on the underpass.
The meeting also discussed the need to conduct property surveys in Karachi and Hyderabad. Planning & Development Agency Chairman Mohammad Waseem said that the last property survey in Karachi was conducted in 2001 by the excise & taxation department, and will now be carried out by World Bank experts.
It states that only Rs2 billion in property tax is collected from the city, which is lower than that of Lahore.
The meeting informed that after Karachi, the Sindh government wants to conduct a property survey in Hyderabad so that property tax recovery can be increased there as well.
The CM said that the funds raised as property taxes are being used by local agencies. “If the recovery is stepped up, they will financially strengthen local agencies.” The meeting also discussed a large number of current and new World Bank-sponsored projects, and agreed to review the performance of the entire portfolio immediately.
The meeting was also attended by Main Secretary Mumtaz Ali Shah, Main Secretary CM Sajid Jamal Abro and World Bank Operations Manager for Pakistan Melinda Good.