Beijing, December 30, 2016 (PPI-OT):The Chinese firm hired to undertake front-end sweeping to Garbage Transfer Station (GTS) has assured Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah here today that they would start their work in two districts of Karachi in the last week of January.
This assurance came when Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah held an special meeting with Chairman Mr Fan Manguao of Changyi Kangjie Sanitation Group here at a local hotel. The meeting was attended by Local Government Minister Jam Khan Shoro, Industries Minister Manzoor Wassan, Transport Minister Syed Nasir Shah, ACS (Dev) Mr Waseem, Chairperson SBOI Naheed Memon and others.
Talking to the delegation led by Chinese company’s chairman said that he was too busy in different important meetings but even then he spared some time to meet him because of cleaning of Karachi. “I want to go back to Karachi with solid assurance from your side and this would give consolation to the people of Karachi who are tired with sweeping and garbage lifting related issues,” he said.
The company chairman Mr Fan Manguo said that he had sent shipment of necessary mechanical sweeping machinery to sweep and wash streets, main roads and collect dustbins from home to home (front-end) and take it to GTS. “The machinery would reach Karachi on January 6 and within next 10 days of its arrival it would be cleared from the port,” he said and added in that way his company would be able to start work most probably by the end of January otherwise in the first week of February.
The company told the chief minister that they have been assigned the cleaning and sweeping work of two districts, South and East. “We would distribute dustbins home to home and then our lifting vehicles would collect them from the areas,” he said and also assured the chief minister that not only they would keep cleaning work daily but would clear the backlog.
Local Government Minister Jam Khan Shoro asked the company to ensure covered garbage lifting work to avoid spread of smell and germs in the environment. On this they assured him that they would use plastic covers and compress the garbage before downloading at the GTS.
The chief minister offered the company to come over and install a plant to generate electricity from garbage. On this the company said that they were ready of they were also given the task of lifting garbage from GTS to landfill site. The chief minister asked them to start sweeping work first and by side by side keep your work expanding upto power generation. “I would personally facilitate you,” he said.
CM WITNESSES MOUs ON THAR and SMART CITY
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali spent busy day and after extensive negotiations and talks signed some important MoUs which include MoU with CITIC ENVIRONTECH LTD (CEL), with DWG, CSIC with China Railway Construction Corporation and others. He also held some other important meetings.
The MoU signed between Sindh government and CEL is about to use its (CEL) advanced technology, design engineering and strong financing to install two 260 MGD and 130 MGD water treatment plants and deliver facilities in Karachi respectively. The purpose of the planning is to meet future water requirements of Karachi for next 50 years.
The MoU also says that CEL would also invest, construct and operate two water supply treatment Plants, each one of 90,000 MGD and 180,000 MGD water supply treatment plant at Thar Coalfield, Block-2, so as to process and provide domestic water to nearby power plants.
The other MoU was signed between DWG, China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) and Sindh government. The MoU calls for using the advanced technology, engineering expertise, rich project management experience and financial strength to cooperate with Sindh Board of Investment in the field of Photovoltaic, wind power, garbage power generation, biomass power generation, hydropower, upgrading of old power plants, power grid constructions and smart city. There would be an investment of around $2 billion in the sectors identified in the MoU.
The third MoU was signed between the Sindh government and China Railway Construction Corporation (International) Ltd. The CRCC would provide its expertise and technical support to revive Karachi Circular Railways.
The Fourth MoU was signed between Sindh government and China Machinery Engineering Corporation. Under the MoU the parties agreed to set up indigenous coal-based fire power plant with total gross capacity of 10,000 MW (in phases) and to complete related railways, highway, coal and general purpose jetties, transmission lines and infrastructure development at Keti Bandar.
Chairperson Sindh Board of Investment (SBoI) Ms Naheed Memon signed all the MOUs on behalf of the Sindh government while from the Chinese side the MoUs were signed by their concerned officers.
FRUIT PROCESSING PLANT:
Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah held a meeting with Mr Ze Wang Chairman Shunxing Agriculture Group (Food and Agriculture). The company was interested to invest in cattle farming for supply of meat, fruit and Vegetable processing plants, fruit and vegetable farming.
Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah told them that the mango, guava of Sindh are two popular fruits in Pakistan but all over the world. He offered them to establish a fruit processing plant at Hyderabad/Mirpurkhas or in Karachi whichever site suits to them and he was ready to support them.
The Chairman of the company said that he would visit Karachi shortly to assess the requirement, capacity and location of the plant and then MoU would signed for further investment.
INDUSTRIAL IT –BASED PLANNING:
A delegation of Ministry of Industry and Information Technology held a meeting with Sindh chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and discussed the investment opportunities in IT-based industrial development.
The chief minister said that there were immense investment opportunities, particularly in industrial planning, policies, standards and to promote development of major technological equipment and innovation concerning to communication sector.
He told them that at Dhabeji an Special economic Zone was being established for which Sindh government offers them to come over an invest in Technology Park.
The China Construction Company (CCC) Chairman Cui Yuping held a meeting with the chief minister Syed Murad Ali Shah. The chief minister discussed the investment opportunities in road and bridge sectors. He said that he had a plan to construct Ring Road from West Warf area of KPT via Northern Bypass, Super Highway, Malir Expressway and then through DHA phase 8 to join back the West Warf Road. This could be constructed on PPPP mode or BOT basis. In both cases Sindh government was ready to support the company. He also offered them to construct bridge on River Indus at Kandhkot – Ghotki. The company said that they would send their delegation to Sindh to visit the areas to sign MoU.
Meanwhile, Sindh Minister for Industries Manzoor Wassan held meetings with FOTON and SINOMA- a energy conservation company. The FOTON is a motor company which manufactures buses, coaches, coasters and trucks and such other vehicles. They offered to provide buses for Urban Transport System. Mr Wassan offered them to come over an establish their manufacturing plant in Karachi and produce buses and such other vehicles for which there was a vast market. “I would extend you all possible support right from giving you land and other facilities if you install your plant there,” he said.
They accepted the offer and agreed to dispatch their team to Karachi to explore investment opportunities and assess the market.
The chief minister was assisted by his cabinet members, Mr Manzoor Wassan, Local government Minister Jam Khan Shoro, Transport Minister Nasir Shah, ACS (Dev) M. Waseem, Secretary Energy Agha Wasif, Chairperson Sindh Board of Investment Naheed Memon, Secretary Transport Tauha Farooqui, CM consultant on energy Khursheed Jamali.
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