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SSWMB to soon end the practice of garbage burning: Roshan A Shaikh.

KARACHI -- Sindh Solid Waste Management Board (SWMB) has embarked upon an ambitious scheme to end the current practice of garbage burning and its disposal into rain drains or along with sea as well as other water resources avaible in the metropolis.

Manging Director of the Board Roshan Ali Shaikh said during a reception hosted by Korangi Association of Traders and Industrialists (KATI) for him here Tuesday.

The trend that is also against the law is being fast replaced by scientific and coordinated mechansism that is not only environment friendly but also guarantees to protect public health interests of the citizens, he told representatives of the business community from Karachi.

Reiterating that a comprehensive approach is being adopted for safe and efficient disposal of industrial waste alongwith domestic and municipal categories, Shaikh said provincial government is equally committed to protect the industrialists' interests that is directly linked to the impression of the city where their businesses may be located.

Moreover collection and segregation of garbage collected from across the metropolis also engenders fresh and diverse opportunities for energy generation and fortunately several local and international investors have reflected interst in their power production schemes, Roshan Ali Shaikh said.

These opportunities can only materialize once we are able to streamline garbage cum waste collection and disposal on scientific lines, he said.

He also mentioned that an ammendment is needed to be made in Sindh Waste Mangement Board's charter for increased representation of industrialits and business community.

A suggestion in this regard has already been forwarded to the concerned authorities, he added.

Sindh Solid Waste Mangement Board is yet to be granted adequate authority as guaranteed at the the time of its formation empowering it adequately to ensure swift implementation of its policies and decisions.

Yet we are in process to expedite safe and efficient disposal of solid waste from across Karachi as well as other parts of the province on scientific lines and all provision to ensure safety of public health as well as environment, he said.

He also expressed his confidence that in a month or two SSWMB's project of door to door garbage collection and its transportation to identified sites would be materialized.

KATI president, Zahid Said on the occasion suggested need to change the identified site for Garbage Transfer Station (GTS) on Malir Causeway and offered to provide another suitable site for the purpose. Senior businessmen of Karachi including S.M. Munir, Gulzar Firose, Salim uz Zaman, Syed Wajahat Hussain, Zubair Chaya, Abdul Sami Khan, Tariq Malik and others assuring their support for the schemes envisaged under SSWMB said lack of overall cleanliness and poor hygienic condition in the metropolis was affecting their respective businesses.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Feb 10, 2016
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