The work of cleaning 38 major storm drains of Karachi started from yesterday (Thursday). Under the World Bank project (Click), it is estimated that the drains will be cleaned in 45 days at a cost of 8 million dollar (approximately Rs. 1 billion).
The cleaning of drains started from Mahmoodabad where Sindh Local Government Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah and Mayor Karachi Wasim Akhtar inaugurated the cleaning of drains. Secretary Local Government Sindh Roshan Sheikh, Senior Director Coordination Syed Masood Alam and other officials and local government representatives were also present on the occasion.
Addressing the function, Local Government Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah said that cleaning of drains in Karachi is a long standing issue which is now being addressed with the help of World Bank. He said that Nespak has also been involved in the project to ensure that the waste from the drains reaches the landfill site.
He said that crores of rupees had been spent on cleaning the drains in the past but due to improper work the drains were again filled with garbage and money was wasted. Now we try to do everything right.
Addressing the function, Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar said that the Chief Minister Sindh and the Minister for Local Governments have been repeatedly alerted about the cleaning of rainwater drains as the rainwater drains have now turned into sewerage drains and due to garbage these drains are in some places. But they are completely wrong.
He said that due to the forecast of more rains than usual in the coming monsoon season in Karachi, I have informed the government of the possible dangers that the current situation is very worrying and due to overflow of drains, flood situation has arisen in the adjoining villages. It may be necessary to arrange for immediate cleaning of drains.
He said that the government of Sindh appreciated this initiative and hoped that the work of cleaning the drains would be done on a permanent basis and not on a temporary basis to get rid of this problem. Explaining the details, the Mayor of Karachi said that the length of these drains is about 265 km which are being cleaned. It has started from Mahmoodabad drain and other drains will be cleaned later.
He said that there would be one contractor for each district and a total of six contractors would carry out the work. Garbage collected from drains will be delivered to Jam Chakro Landfill site. He said that the work of cleaning the drains of the district would be done by the district chairman while the staff of KMC Municipal Services and city wardens would also be present to assist. Drain cleaning work will continue day and night and initially the choking points of the drains will be cleared.
He said that he would once again request the citizens of Karachi not to throw garbage or sacrificial animals in the drains as it would block the drains. He said that he would also request the Sindh government to activate the Solid Waste Management Board so that the situation would not be aggravated due to garbage collectors and other people around the drains. Maybe.
Later, Local Government Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah and Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar along with the officers inspected the cleaning work of Mahmoodabad Nalla and issued necessary instructions to the officers. A detailed briefing was also given.