Chinese firm to collect garbage in Karachi


KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has given approval to award garbage lifting assignment in Karachi’s three District Municipal Corporations to a Chinese firm, and directed local government department to complete the exercise on war footings.

Metropolitan city, Karachi has six district municipal corporations, and provincial government of Sindh oversee their administrative affairs through Local Government Department. Recently, the chief minister had expressed his dismay over not lifting of garbage from the city, and given three days deadline to concerned local government authorities for lifting of garbage. However, no considerable progress was seen in this regard on till second day of the deadline.

“I want you {local government department} to expedite the process and sign agreement with the company within three weeks and then start work within another three months.” The chief minister was quoted as saying at a meeting he had summoned to discuss garbage lifting issues at the CM House on Wednesday evening.

Minister Local Government Jam Khan Shoro briefing the chief minister said that with the approval of the government he had invited international tenders for sweeping and garbage lifting of three DMCs, Korangi, East and South. “The Solid Waste Management Board (SWMB) has issued Letter of Intent (LoI) to two DMCs, South and East to a Chinese firm and soon we would sign an agreement with them,” he said. On this the chief minister directed him to sing agreement within three weeks and work should start within next one month. “This is time frame and you have to manage the things accordingly,” he ordered.

Mr. Shoro said that in DMC East 322,357 tons of garbage is generated daily. “Under the new outsource arrangement  right from front end collection (house to house to dustbin/katchra kundi), sweeping of roads and streets and then lifting the garbage from Garbage Transfer Station (GTC) to landfill site would be done by the company,” he said.  Replying to a question of the chief minister, Mr. shoro said that the work would be awarded for a period of seven year.

Talking about the cost of the project, the minister said that it would come to $9.65 million per year, and they would be working for seven years if the concerned DMCs seem to be satisfied with their performance.

Briefing the chief minister on DMC South, the local government minister said that it generates 491,590 tons of municipal solid waste. The Letter of Intent has been issued to the same company for $14.254 million per year. It would also be a seven year contract.

He said that the company would provide baskets to the houses for garbage and then there would be covered katchra kundies to dump household waste, and then it would be collected from there. “This is for the first time mechanical garbage collection and lifting system would be made by a private company,” he said, and added that this would bring corruption in the sector to an end.



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