Rs 395m needed to lift 422,000 tons of Karachi garbage

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Committee submits report to Chief Minister

399 garbage lifting machines require repair

Staff Reporter

Karachi

More than Rs 395 million are required for lifting around 422,000 tonnes of garbage accumulated in 1,668 heaps in different sites of Karachi under old lifting process, a committee constituted under Commissioner Karachi submitted a report to Murad Ali Shah, Chief Minister Sindh in this regard. Ejaz Ahmad Khan, Commissioner Karachi said that it would be feasible to lift the garbage before giving contract for lifting garbage to the Chinese company. Masood Alam, senior Director Municipal Services of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation also Chairman of 9-member Committee informed that report was containing survey to access the quantity of garbage, resources mapping besides taking into account the details of old garbage lifting machinery.
Around 399 numbers of garbage lifting machinery (102 minor, 297 major machineries) is required to be repaired. After repair work, about 70 percent transportation strength would be enhanced. One District Council and six District Municipal Corporations would be able to lift 9,000 tonnes of garbage on daily basis. According to report around 12,373 tonnes of garbage on daily basis is generated in the city and only 47 percent of the garbage on average is lifted every day.
After repair of machinery the civic bodies would be able to lift more than 70 percent garbage in city daily and backlog of garbage would be completed within three-four months. Committee recommended that Chairmen of all Union Councils, a nominee each from Mayor Karachi, DC and DMCs would be inducted in the monitoring team to look after the matters of lifting garbage. Committee in its report has written that removal of 100 percent (1,668 heaps) of garbage backlog would be possible if required money to Rs 770 million is provided one time basis. Additional funds of Rs 36 million on daily basis are required for day-to-day lifting of garbage, Committee said.
Around Rs 327 million are immediately needed for the repair of minor and major garbage lifting machinery. Almost Rs 42 million would be needed for up-gradation of two landfill sites. Currently Rs 137 million are being spent monthly for lifting garbage in city and additional funds of Rs 230 million are required per month. Day-to-day 100 percent lifting of garbage would be made possible in this way.
The report submitted to Chief Minister is duly endorsed by MC of DMCs, Chief Officer DC Karachi, Director Local Government and senior Director Municipal Services. Meanwhile, Sindh Solid Waste Management Board has given responsibility of lifting garbage of district South and East to the Chinese company amounting to Rs 6 billion.
The garbage lifting tenders of district West, Malir and DC has been deferred for the time being on account of entry of other garbage lifting companies in the tender process, informed officials of SSWMB. District Central and Korangi have negated the privatization of lifting of garbage on the pretext that tender process has not been transparent. Funds should be provided to us in order to lift garbage, chairmen of both districts lamented.

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