CM says he is responsible for clearing of garbage dumps

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SHC hears petition against garbage heaps

Staff Reporter

Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah said on Sunday he is responsible for clearing Karachi of garbage dumps, as he visited different areas of the metropolis and reviewed development work underway.
Speaking to the media, Murad Ali Shah said he takes ownership of the whole of Sindh province and wants development work to be completed before the next election. He said the provincial government has started five development projects in the city.
Asked why he was not accompanied by Karachi mayor Waseem Akhtar during his visit today, Murad Ali Shah admitted it was a mistake not to bring him along. He said he would request the mayor to accompany him in his upcoming visits.
The chief minister said work would also be done in relation to the peace and security situation of Karachi.
Murad Ali Shah said work on water projects would be completed in four months while six big projects, to repair roads in the province, have been started.
Meanwhile, hearing on the petition against garbage heaps, the Sindh High Court sought replies from the authorities concerned with clearing the trash and disbursing the required funds. The federal and provincial governments, Cantonment Board and other departments have been asked to submit a report within three weeks.
A two-member bench heard the petition that was filed by Abdul Hameed. His petition stated that the city has become a garbage dump despite orders from the provincial ombudsman to clear the trash in nine days.
Subsequently, the court issued orders, seeking replies from the authorities concerned.
In one of the shows of a private TV channel in December 2016, the mayor had said he will be cleaning the city and repair broken roads at the earliest. He said the focus would be the two most critical issues for locals i.e. piles of garbage dotting the metropolis and broken roads that make commute a hassle.

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