Sindh Environment and Law Advisor Barrister Murtaza Wahab has requested that the national land-owning organizations in Karachi, including the cantonment boards, DHA, KPT and Pakistan Railways, participate the Sindh administration in the proper disposal of municipal waste produced in their corresponding regions at the city’s two primary landfill locations.
He lifted this request on Thursday as he toured Jam Chakro’s landfill site together with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf lawmakers headed by MNA Aftab Siddiqui to verify the efficiency of the Sindh Solid Waste Management Board (SSWMB) in correct handling of the waste generated by Karachi.
The advisor said that the initiative to clean Karachi would stay unfinished without these federal land-owning organizations doing their work to correctly dispose of their municipal waste at the landfill locations as a huge quantity of trash would be seen stacked up in the town without attendance.
He said the federal institutions ‘ waste disposal processes in Karachi should function under the SSWMB’s composite scheme. He said that apart from Karachi’s federal agencies, Korangi and Central districts did not function under the SSWMB and they had to use their own processes to dispose of trash at landfill locations in their areas.
Wahad said the SSWMB had been transporting over 12,000 tons of garbage daily to the landfill sites. The visit to the landfill site revealed that the previous day 252 dump trucks had brought garbage to the site. Of these 252 dumpers, 221 belonged to the SSWMB and only 31 belonged to different federal entities in the city. Nine trucks of Bahria Town also reached the landfill site.
The federal land-owning agencies whose trucks reached the landfill site included the Cantonment Board Clifton, Cantonment Board Faisal, Cantonment Board Malir and Karachi Port Trust. The record showed that no garbage was brought from the territories that were under the control of federal agencies like the Pakistan Railways, Port Qasim Authority and Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority.
The adviser said the 252 dump tracks contained around 9,500 tons of garbage which was offloaded at the landfill site. He said Karachi was still facing the problem of unattended garbage having a volume of 1,600,000 tons and the cleanliness drive kicked off by Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi should not have ended merely after removing 12,000 tons of waste from city.
He added that a proper boundary wall would be constructed at the landfill site so that garbage being dumped there did not end up in the adjoining areas.
He conceded that the problem of an illegal human settlement did exist at the Jam Chakro landfill site, but if in case the government took any action against I, an issue would emerge in the media.
He said the chief minister said had announced that after Muharram-ul-Haram, garbage would be collected from the city on the indiscriminate basis under a composite strategy. “People belonging to the Tehreek-e-Insaf should avoid doing politics over the issue of garbage as there is no doubt waste is being collected from Karachi. We have to work together to get this job done. Whatever is the responsibility of the Sindh government, it is being performed in a better way.”