The coordination committee for federally funded projects implemented in Sindh has 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 have also been proposed for the control function of the building, which is currently under the Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA).
This came up in a Provincial Coordination and Implementation Committee (PCIC) meeting held at the Main Minister’s House on Saturday with CM Murad Ali Shah as chairman.
The meeting was attended by federal ministers Asad Umar and Aminul Haq, provincial ministers Saeed Ghani and Nasir Shah, Karachi Corps Commander Lt. Gen. Humayun Aziz, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Ali Shah, Chairman of Planning and Development M Waseem, GOC Major General Karachi M Aqeel, Chief Secretary CM Sajid Jamal Abro, Administrator Karachi Iftikhar Shallwani, Commissioner Karachi Sohail Rajput, Transport Secretary Sharif Ahmed, Regional Government Secretary Najam Shah, Managing Director of Karachi Water and Water Discharge Agency (MD) Asadullah Khan, SSWMB MD Zubair Channa, and 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 agency to keep these cities neat and tidy.
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. The meeting decided to draw up a detailed plan for the rehabilitation of people living along the waterways.
During the meeting it was informed that the PC-I project K-IV was being changed because the construction cost had increased rapidly.
It was informed that the Wapda chairman and his team will visit the K-IV site on 5 November. The completion of the K-IV project has been submitted to the federal government while augmentation work will be carried out by the provincial government.
Advocate General Sindh was directed that the judicial stay order be emptied so that obstacles in completing the K-IV project could be removed.
During the meeting it was informed that local government departments were working to check whether the capacity of the water supply scheme from Haleji to Karachi could be increased from 65 million gallons per day (MGD) to 130 MGD. Wasim said, Nespak was conducting a study regarding this matter. CM directed local government departments and KWSB to stop illegal water and hydrant connections.
The meeting also agreed to increase the capacity of the Thado Dam to protect against water loss and prevent flash floods during heavy rains.
The Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) project was also being discussed and the meeting decided to let the railway authorities submit their proposal regarding the KCR at the next meeting.