World Bank and the Sindh Government made agreement to launch a Solid Waste Emergency and Efficiency Project (SWEEP) of $200 million; purpose being the improvement & waste removal from streets, canal and the drainage channels in the metropolis.
It was agreed in a meeting, held on Tuesday at CM House, between Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali & World Bank’s delegation led by Catalina Marulanda. She is the practice manager of the Urban Development Unit in the South Asia region. The other delegation members attending the meeting were Lixin Gu, programme leader, Sustainable Development & Suhaib Rasheed, urban specialist.
Chief Minister said that an Asian Development Bank [ADP] scheme amounting Rs1.6 billion had already been launched for improving solid waste management disposal within the city yet “we are keen to do this on scientific manner and convert it into waste to energy”.
The World Bank has offered the $200m SWEEP scheme for improving collection & removal of waste from drainage channels, streets and canals
As per the plan garbage transfer stations and disposals at landfill sites would be developed to generate energy in every district.
Mr. Shah constituted a committee headed by P&D chairperson Naheed Shah. Other members include the local government secretary & Managing Director of Sindh Solid Waste Management Board (SSWMB). The committee will discuss different modalities of the project after which the project will be finally approved by the Chief Minister. The chief minister also held a meeting with Raja Mohammad Farooq Haider, Prime Minister Azad Jammu & Kashmir.
He briefed Mr. Farooq about the keen motive of his government to adopt an earthquake overcome school in Mirpur. He expressed the love and respect the people of Sindh have or the Kashmiri brothers & sisters. He added, “We have decided to adopt a school in Mirpur and we will rehabilitate the building and run it like a model school”.
The AJK prime minister also thanked the Sindh chief as well as the people from Sindh for the love and support for Kashmiris
CM has directed his principal secretary to coordinate with the Azad Jammu government & take the necessary measures. Both leaders expressed denounce about Indian carnage in Indian-held Kashmir & urged human rights bodies for becoming voice of the people suffering in the occupied Kashmir.
While talking with Robert Silberstein US Consul General on call, CM Sindh explained the hard work that Sindh government is undertaking for generating clean energy by installing wind & solar power projects. He also said that the country is currently energy-starved & Thar coal is the only option for electricity generation. The visiting US diplomat expressed that he got impressed with the government work in the area.
He was, however, worried about the locusts swarm in desert area. “It is quite horrible and must be destroyed at the earliest because some experts have told me if they were not killed this year they will cause a catastrophe next year too”. Mr Shah replied “You are right we are late and have not attacked them squarely, but now I have provided a grant of Rs10m to the federal government plant protection department to conduct aerial spray in the desert area”.
Mr. Robert also visited NED Engineering College in Mithi. He appreciated the step of establishing the institute but said that currently the institute is working on small scale. The chief minister told in reply that 300-acre site has already been reserved for establishing a large scale university.
Mr. Silberstein assured American government support in establishing a state-of-the-art university in Thar by the Sindh government. Mr. Shah expressed his gratitude towards the support.