Karachi, November 11, 2014 (PPI-OT): The World Bank has suggested immediate cleaning work in Karachi along with decrease in the civic problems for bringing improvement in the city’s economic condition, trade and commercial activities.
A ten member delegation from World Bank’s Karachi Information Strategy 2014 after meeting with KMC Administrator Rauf Akhter Farooqui in Civic Centre on Tuesday participated in a meeting on the problems faced by city of Karachi and the measures needed for their early solution.
The meeting was also attended by the Director General Works and Services Niaz Ahmed Soomro, Senior Director Municipal Services Masood Alam, Secretary Solid Waste Management Board Government of Sindh Dr. Nusrat Panhwar and other officers.
The World Bank delegation stressed the need of decline in the problems facing by the people in Karachi as it warned that otherwise people would take their investment out of the city. The delegation said trade and commercial activities could increase only with the availability of better civic facilities and better sanitation. In order to save the city from father problems the stakeholders must therefore serve the poor people and provide them with maximum facilities.
Administrator Karachi on this occasion said Karachi being the biggest city of the country also facing more problems and the government was paying full attention on it. He said the government has despite having limited resources carrying out development activities in different sectors.
He said the Governor of Sindh Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Provincial Minister for Local Government Sharjeel Inam Memon and other high officials have special focus on Karachi because the progress of the country was directly linked with the progress of Karachi. He said the role of private organization, international bodies particularly the World Bank would hold importance in solving the problems of Karachi.
The Senior Director Municipal Services Masood Alam briefed the delegation on city’s solid waste management process with the help of multimedia presentation. He said that KMC was managing two landfill sites but was unable to transfer the whole of garbage producing in the city due to shortage of resources in DMCs.
The World Bank delegation expressed satisfaction on the measures taken by the municipal bodies in Karachi for solving the city problems. They said that the bank was considering on providing help in the solid waste management and storm water drainage sector.
The Secretary of SWMB Dr. Nusrat Panhwar informed that a solid waste management board has been established in Sindh for removal of garbage for which all legal work was completed now; however it was still to decide that its staff would be from municipal bodies or through fresh recruitments. He said latest technology will be used for lifting and transfer of garbage to landfill sites.
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