KARACHI - Mayor Wasim Akhtar said the city should be clean, removal of garbage was responsibility of local bodies, however, KMC encourage and welcome such endeavours that are aimed at making Karachi clean.

“Garbage backlog in the city was removed with the cooperation of Bahria Town and work in district central was completed and now operation in district Korangi being started,” Wasim informed.

He expressed these views in a meeting with the four member delegation of Chinese Sanitation Company Kangjie Sanitation Pvt Limited which met Mayor Karachi in his office on Monday and discussed with him cleanliness in the city.

Chairman of DMC Korangi Nayyar Raza, Chairman DMC Central Rehan Hashmi, Chairman DMC East Moeed Anwer, Advisor to Mayor Karachi Farhat Khan, Director Coordination Masood Alam, Director Technical S.M Shukaib and others were also present on this occasion.

Wasim Akhtar said Karachi is one of the few biggest cities of the world where over 12 thousand tons of garbage generates daily and in order to remove this waste the city needs highly professional and modern approach with committed team and infrastructure. He said we want to see all districts of Karachi to be cleaned and made free of encroachments.

While giving a detailed presentation on the Chinese company’s working in Karachi and future planning, they said that Kangjie Sanitation Group is a large sanitation enterprise with State Grade-A Qualifications of Sanitation and Road Cleaning. It provides professional urban and rural road cleaning and municipal solid waste collection, transportation and disposal, and urban-rural-integrated sanitation services. Kangjie has up to now successively taken over 400 Sanitation Projects in 18 provinces (such as Shandong, Anhui, Hebei, Jiangsu, Henan and others) in more than 80 cities in China.

Kangjie has taken the opportunity of the national development strategy “One Belt, One Road” and extended into the international market. It signed the sanitation service agreement with Karachi Pakistan, Bogota Columbia, Cotonou Benin, Accra Ghana and Quebec City Canada. Regarding awareness & literacy they said that there is limited awareness of hygiene and sanitation in Karachi and therefore it is necessary to educate people around cleanliness and its benefits. On the contract of lifting of garbage from district South and East in Karachi they said the contract for South Area signed on 26th Oct 2016 and East area on 8th Nov 2016 and Operations started.

It was informed that the district of Beijing has 250 garbage removal vehicles whereas in district South Karachi only 80 vehicles are available.

The company is taking the following steps including hire manpower for sweeping in order to fulfill the demand in consultation with UCs and these UCs will be organised and their staff will be brought on board and door-to-door collection of garbage.