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New Hope of Progress for Waste Management in Karachi!

The inauguration of new building of Turkish Consulate in Clifton led to more understanding relationships of Turkey and Pakistan. Based on this history, the people of Pakistan, and particularly those of Sindh, share a very special bond with Turkey that has been preserved for over a century for Turkey was among the first few countries to recognize the independent state of Pakistan and supported the bid to gain UN membership.

Earlier, Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu along with a delegation attended a reception that Sindh’s Chief Executive had hosted for him at the CM House. Provincial ministers and the chief secretary were also present. Shah invited Turkish investors to invest in Karachi’s urban transport and waste management, and in renewable energy and coal mining.

The visiting Turkish minister agreed to send investors from Turkey to Sindh to explore investment opportunities, and he also agreed to work with the provincial government in the areas of urban transport and waste management. The visiting guest told the CM that Turkey’s president would visit Karachi on his next visit to Pakistan.

Solid Waste Management Project

Back in August 2020, it was officially learnt that the World Bank started appraising the ‘Karachi solid waste emergency and efficiency project’, and it was expected that the executive board will approve financing of $105 million for the project which will be implemented in two phases.

In the medium-to-long-term phase, the project will improve the backbone solid waste management infrastructure and service delivery to address the underlying risks factors leading to emergency flooding situations.

With an urban population of more than 16 million, Karachi generates an estimated 12,000 to 16,000 tonnes of municipal waste every day. Only a fraction of this waste is collected, and none of it is disposed in sanitary engineered facilities.

It was stated that a temporary storage cell will be constructed at Jam Chakro dumpsite for waste and sediments cleared from drains and nullahs.

The Sindh Solid Waste Management Board (SSWMB), which will execute the project, will be responsible for the construction and operation of the temporary cell, and cleaning of nullahs by removing waste obstructing the flow of water and restoring their drainage capacity. The project will support the development of long-term waste solutions for Karachi, which address the limited capacity remaining at existing disposal sites. The project will also support the design and construction of solutions to improve treatment of non-municipal waste streams such as medical waste and construction and demolition waste.

 

Credits: www.thenews.com.pk, www.dawn.com

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