KARACHI: The Sindh government does not have the capacity to clean up Karachi’s trash, admitted Sindh local bodies’ minister Nasir Hussain Shah on Tuesday.
Addressing a press conference, he said the Sindh Solid Waste Management Board (SSWMB) has been formed by the Sindh government and it does not directly come under his ambit. However, he said, he had held meetings with the board and it will be completely functional by March 2016.
The SSWMB for the South district municipal corporation (DMC), according to him, issued the tender to a Chinese firm on October 16 for picking up garbage while East DMC’s tender will be issued by December 27.
About the cancellation of lease of different villages and katchi abadis in Karachi, he said that the Sindh government has not cancelled any lease. He clarified that only a committee has been formed to monitor the villages, so that action can be taken against those land-grabbers who have started commercialising such villages by encroaching on nearby lands.
Talking about the extension of the local government elections date due to the Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), he said that the date will be extended. He insisted that Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) will clean-sweep the elections in Sukkur.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 21st, 2015.