Local Government, Energy depts to work jointly waste to power generation project

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A meeting chaired by Sindh Minister for Local Government, Information, Religious Affairs and Forests Syed Nasir Hussain Shah and Sindh Minister for Energy Imtiaz Ahmed Sheikh was held at Sindh Energy Department on Friday. The meeting was attended by Sindh Local Bodies Secretary Najam Shah, Sindh Energy Secretary Tariq Ali Shah, Khalid Sheikh, Head of Public Private Partnership Unit, Sindh Finance Department, Zubair Channa, Managing Director, Sindh Solid Waste Management Board and other officials of Sindh Energy Department. It was informed in the meeting that about 8,000 tons of solid waste is generated daily in Karachi which can generate up to 200 MW of electricity. In the meeting, Nasir Hussain Shah and Energy Minister Imtiaz Ahmed Sheikh said that the most important benefit of the waste-to-energy project is that it can dispose of Karachi’s waste in an environmentally friendly manner. It can also generate electricity. He said that work on the project of generating electricity from waste in Karachi should be expedited and in this regard the final policy report should be completed in two weeks for submission to the Chief Minister Sindh. A committee headed by Sindh Local Government Secretary Najam Shah was also constituted to prepare this policy report. The committee will include Secretary Energy Sindh, Head of PPP Unit and other concerned officers. On the occasion, Sindh Energy Minister Imtiaz Ahmed Sheikh said that work should be done to implement the project to generate electricity from waste as soon as possible so that Sindh could be the first province to implement this eco-friendly project. To use The meeting also directed that the project to generate electricity from waste should be extended to other cities of the province after Karachi so that in the light of the success of the project in Karachi, waste from other cities can also be used in an environmentally friendly manner. Can be disposed of and electricity can also be obtained. It was informed in the meeting that the landfill site is the most suitable place for waste generation power project and some companies have also expressed keen interest in waste power generation project. The meeting was directed to review all aspects and submit a policy report within two weeks.