Sindh information and the local government minister said that the municipal waste management agency proposed to be established in the province would work under the leadership of the elected city from the concerned districts.
Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, Syed Nasir Hussain Shah said the Karachi Waste Management Agency would be formed as an autonomous body to carry out garbage disposal work in the city.
The Provincial Coordination & Implementation Committee has proposed at its meeting on Saturday that separate and autonomous waste disposal agencies be set up in major cities in the province, while the existing Sindh Waste Management Agency will be maintained as a centralized policy formulation body.
Shah said the proposed new system would bring improvements in the civil affairs of cities in the province. He said work on the new local government system was underway, adding that there would be many improvements in provincial municipal affairs after the introduction of the new system.
The local government minister said sanitation work and tax collection by city agencies would increase with the introduction of a new city system in the province.
He said the Sindh government of the Pakistan People’s Party was unable to create sufficient jobs for the public in the last five years due to a lack of available funding from the federal government.
He also said that the disbursement of salaries to provincial government employees was also a problem due to the lack of funds available from the center.
He claimed that the performance of the Sindh chief minister and his administration was far superior to that of the federal government and other provincial governments in the country.
He said CM Syed Murad Ali Shah would continue to be the chief executive of Sindh on the basis of his outstanding performance. He also said the Sindh government had purchased enough wheat so that the people of the province did not face a grain shortage.
The Information Minister said the federal government had failed completely to check smuggling of wheat which had caused a shortage of a vital commodity across the country.
He said the Sindh cabinet had adopted revised support prices for wheat and sugar cane to provide maximum returns to farmers. He also said the provincial government would take swift action over complaints of selling wheat flour at exorbitant prices.
Regarding the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases in Karachi, the minister said the hospital had provided excellent health care services to people and the facility was unmatched.
The day before, it was revealed that the coordinating committee for federally funded projects being implemented in Sindh had proposed a separate autonomous body at the division level for waste disposal work while assigning policy formulation responsibility to the Sindh Waste Management Council (SSWMB).
Similar arrangements were also proposed for the control function of the building, which is currently under the Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA).
The Provincial Coordination and Implementation Committee (PCIC) meeting was held at the Main Minister’s House on Saturday with CM Murad Ali Shah as chairman. Attended by federal ministers Asad Umar and Aminul Haq among others.
After discussing the cleanliness of rainwater drains in the city, the meeting concluded that the drains would remain clogged until and unless an efficient garbage disposal system was not developed in the city. This suggests that due to the improper disposal of garbage from the roads, solid waste is dumped into waterways, choking it resulting in city flooding during heavy rains.
Meeting participants proposed to the provincial government to allow SSWMB to function as a central policy-making organization and to establish separate and autonomous bodies at all head offices in the province for door-to-door waste collection, and municipal solid waste transport to waste transfer stations and then to landfill sites.
Under this proposed arrangement, Karachi, Hyderabad, Larkana, Sukkur, Mirpurkhas and Shaheed Benazirabad will have separate solid waste management agencies to keep these cities neat and clean.
The meeting was told that there are 422 dangerous buildings in the city but the buildings that have collapsed over the past few months are all illegal construction.
It said that stopping illegal construction was necessary to protect people’s lives and property. The meeting proposed to the provincial government to allow the SBCA to function as a policy-making organization while Karachi, Hyderabad and other divisions may have separate autonomous bodies for building control functions.
It was also shown that every newly constructed building must have a certain life span and if it collapses before its life is complete, the builder must take responsibility.
CM said that the Provincial Government would consider the coordination committee’s proposal.
The meeting also proposed hiring a consultant to design the aqueduct according to the master plan and submit a report so that encroachment could be removed from the canal.