Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, who chaired the second meeting of the Provincial Coordination & Implementation Committee (PCIC) on Friday, decided to launch a waste-to-electricity project in Karachi for which the necessary steps would be taken at the earliest.
The meeting was attended by provincial ministers Nasir Shah and Awais Qadir Shah, Karachi Corps Commander Humayun Aziz, Main Secretary Mumtaz Ali Shah, GOC Major General Karachi Aqeel, P & D Chair Muhammad Waseem, PSCM Sajid jamal Abro, Karachi Iftikhar Shallwani Administrator, Commissioner Sohail Rajput, Transport Secretary Shariq Ahmed, Regional Government Secretary Najam Shah, Managing Director of KWSB Asadullah and others.
The issue of removing garbage from Karachi was discussed at the meeting which stated that of the 15 waste removal posts, only six were operating. The meeting agreed on the resurrection or reconstruction of six more waste removal posts.
The meeting was informed that the TPA will be filled soon; therefore, a power plant might be installed to consume the waste collected from the city. Generating electricity from garbage not only burns garbage but also saves landfills.
The meeting decided to draw up a plan to generate electricity from the waste collected from the city at the earliest. Companies interested in the project can be invited to submit their proposals.
The meeting was told that the survey of the five nullah (rainwater channels) had been completed. Gujjar Nullah is 13.5 kilometers long by 210 feet wide as per the master plan, and 5,961 households, 41,581 individuals and 2,412 commercial units were erected along its embankments.
The Orangi Nullah are 12.5 kilometers long, and 100 to 150 feet wide, and 4,480 households, 27,000 individual settlements and 380 factories were erected along the embankments. Likewise, Mahmoodabad Nullah is 4.1 kilometers long, 100-200 feet wide, and has 1,049 households, 5,900 individual settlements and 156 commercial settlements along its embankments.
The Malir River is 30 kilometers long and 1,700-2,000 meters wide, and has 1,996 households, and 12,336 settlements / encroachments. The Lyari River is the longest river with a length of 50 kilometers, and a width of 300-500 feet according to the master plan.
The meeting was informed that the NED University of Engineering & Technology is conducting a survey with a frame of reference to analyze the width and capacity of 44 major rainwater channels in the city, a survey of nullahs with a number of physical structures, and mapping with the aid of drones and outlines of encroached land . During the meeting it was informed that the survey of the five prophets had been completed and that other work would be completed on November 15, 2020.
In Phase-II, a hydrological and hydraulic modeling survey of the drainage system will be carried out.
Under the survey, de-marking the existing drainage network, modeling tools for measuring the expected flow in the area, the cross-sectional details of the nullahs that will be used to assess the section capacity to meet the flow will be carried out. .
The chief minister said an ideal cross section would be proposed for each water channel based on terrain and flow models for current and future improvements, and a best management plan for the drainage network to reduce the risk of urban flooding would be prepared.
The meeting discussed a proposal to purchase electric buses for the Green Line Bus Rapid Transit System being built in Karachi. The bus may be operated by a private operator. The meeting also established a schedule for various tasks for project completion, including KMC’s repair of 106 roads.
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