Upcoming mayor should address sanitation, waste management issues: Khurram

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Parliamentary Leader in the Sindh Assembly Khurrum Sher Zaman believes the next Karachi Mayor must address the issue of sanitation and waste management.

Sher Zaman noted that the methodology of collecting waste in Karachi hasn’t changed with this task being outsourced to a foreign company but became more expensive, as the foreign company has subcontracted to a politically influential person in the district and pays them to collect and dispose of the trash.

He said that the new Mayor of Karachi that emerges on January 15, 2023, local body elections must review these contracts and make the necessary changes to improve the cost-effectiveness of waste collection. Plus, the Sindh Waste Management Board (SWMB) must be localized for each division. Instead of SWMB, there should be a Karachi Waste Management Board that is under the control of the Mayor and KMC, with an independent board of directors having the autonomy to hire key staff like the Managing Director or Chief Executive Officer.

The PTI Parliamentary Leader pointed out the disturbing fact that, officially, Karachi has only one landfill site in operation, which is located in District West.  However, garbage is also shockingly disposed of in informal dumping sites along Korangi Creek.  And all the garbage doesn’t even reach the garbage transfer station (GTS) but is collected by scavenger from various locations around Karachi.

Sherzaman further said each district in Karachi is supposed to have a GTS, but only 5 out of 7 districts have one.  Therefore, the next Karachi Mayor needs to ensure that all districts have a GTS and, if possible, expand the number of GTS.