Chinese delegation meets Mayor

Karachi: Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar on Monday said the city should be cleaned, adding removal of garbage is responsibility of local bodies: however, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) encourages and welcome such endeavors that are aimed at making Karachi clean.

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

Akhtar said Karachi is one of the biggest cities of the world where over 12000 t tons of garbage is generated daily. In order to remove this waste the city needs highly professional and modern approach with committed teams 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, the mayor was told that Kangjie Sanitation Group is a large sanitation enterprise with State Grade ‘A’ Qualifications of Sanitation and Road Cleaning. 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.

On the contract of lifting of garbage from district South and East in Karachi they said the contract for South district area signed on 26th Oct 2016 and East district area on 8th Nov 2016 and later operations were started in district South on 1st March 2017 and in district East on the 1st May 2017 with 193 vehicles with the total Investment of $30 million.

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 steps including hiring manpower for sweeping in order to fulfil demand in consultation with UCs and these UCs will be organized and their staff will be brought on board for door-to-door collection of garbage.