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Chinese company to lift garbage in Karachi

Published Nov 21, 2016 12:11pm

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The Sindh government and a Chinese firm have inked an agreement for garbage collection in Karachi, where the solid waste problem has assumed crisis proportions.

The agreement in this respect was signed between the Sindh Solid Waste Management Board and Chinese company Wuzung, Radio Pakistan reported.

Under the first phase of the agreement, Wuzung will collect waste in South and East districts of the metropolis. In both districts, the Chinese company will lift garbage from house to house free of cost.

Garbage containers and trash cans will also be installed at various spots in the districts.

See: These Karachiites have a message for Sindh chief minister

The waste management board plans to sign an agreement with the Chinese firm for garbage disposal in other districts of Karachi as well.

The Sindh government has been struggling to contain Karachi's garbage emergency for years. In neighbourhoods across the city mounds of garbage can be observed piling up everywhere.

There is no reliable data about the amount of solid waste the metropolis generates on a daily basis, though estimates suggest it runs into thousands of tonnes.

Much of the waste ends up in dumps, alleyways and open spaces where it remains for weeks if not longer, while some of it is burnt in bonfires that unleash a vile miasma that chokes the entire locality.

In an interview on Geo News show Capital Talk (to be aired on Monday), ex-president Asif Ali Zardari had said that a Chinese company will start operations in Karachi soon to clear the city of garbage.

While responding to a question regarding Karachi’s garbage problem, Zardari, whose party rules Sindh, said residents of the Karachi would hear "good news soon".

Former Sindh chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah had in July asked the local government ministry to outsource the job of garbage lifting to some international firm in at least three district municipal corporations.

The waste management board then issued a Letter of Intent (LoI) for two DMCs, South and East, to a Chinese firm for the purpose of garbage collection.

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Comments (49) Closed



Zeeshan Nov 21, 2016 12:16pm

Good news..

FRQ Nov 21, 2016 12:17pm

Place garbage container at every door step and collect them every week and educate to through the garbage only in the garbage container.

Junaid Nov 21, 2016 12:33pm

Seriously? Now we need Chinese to pick, recycle and dispose our garbage too?

Ali jee Nov 21, 2016 12:35pm

Very good things getting better we need lots of things to get better

Abdul Qadir Nov 21, 2016 12:34pm

Hope so, Karachi soon to clear the city of garbage. I can hope bcs Japan is helping and intent to revive the Circular Train of Karachi, no interest, no action.

adil Nov 21, 2016 12:44pm

Thanks to Alamgir. Now every work will be done by Chinese companies and the local worker unions who did nothing except politic in the work place will actually find a job for themselves.

SiD Nov 21, 2016 12:44pm

was not a deal signed with china back in 2009 for the same, when Mustafa Kamal was the city mayor? what came out of that?

SB Nov 21, 2016 12:45pm

@Junaid , Nothing surprising..it is justt an extension of CPEC

ANafees Nov 21, 2016 12:51pm

The local City District Government was doing a much better job, but then the Sindh Government took over, and we see a disaster in Karachi now. The solid waste management is a local issue and should be handed over to local municipalities in all the major urban areas.

raminder Nov 21, 2016 12:53pm

guys please atleast do somethings urself.... this will hurt your economy very badly in long run...

Abdul zaheer Nov 21, 2016 12:56pm

A ray of hope and a good step by the sind government. I hope we will see Karachi city clean as early as possible.

Chandra Nov 21, 2016 12:57pm

Good move, garbage menace has become serious, external involvement will avoid local garbage mafia and incompetence. Garbage disposal going to become huge business.

kamal Pasha Nov 21, 2016 12:57pm

Can't you keep your own city clean? Whoever is responsible for the cleanliness of Karachi should be ashamed of themselves.

Javid hao chow,wEstern china Nov 21, 2016 01:03pm

We Chinese people are very efficient and will help Pak and clean it up nicely.

An averge pakistani Nov 21, 2016 01:18pm

I wish my city was cleaner than Singapore and Dubai. I always blame and curse the government for not cleaning my street. They have put a garbage can but it's at the end of the street, 50 meters away, I'm too busy watching cable and don't have time to walk that far. So I dump my garbage in front of my gate and ask government to clean it. My kids play cricket in a field full of garbage most of which I dumped there myself and I curse the government and the whole country for it. BTW I don't pay any taxes.

Muhammad Arshad Nov 21, 2016 01:31pm

Good News

Nas Nov 21, 2016 01:33pm

@An averge pakistani - an excellent response - Pakistanis need to learn basis eticat themselves

Voice of Reason Nov 21, 2016 02:15pm

I can understand foreign companies helping Pakistan for advanced goods or services or large scale projects which may be beyond local expertise but it is a worrying sign that something as basic as garbage collection needs foreign intervention.

For the future of the country requires technology and knowledge transfer so that can make in Pakistan, do in Pakistan, service in Pakistan and in time hopefully export. China should be encourage to help Pakistan to do this and not just for ongoing profit of their companies.

Reader Nov 21, 2016 02:22pm

Pakistan can't even lift and process its garbage...!!! I don't think so, I think Pakistani people are enough capable as an Indian or chinese would be. I think this is corruption in Pakistan, which will illegally transfer black money to China.

kamal Pasha Nov 21, 2016 02:24pm

Naturally the manual jobs will go to local labours.

AsIF aLI Nov 21, 2016 02:28pm

The sign of progress and wealth in pakistan.

سے Shaam (Hanafi) Nov 21, 2016 02:34pm

Unfortunate, relying on another for your own mess.

Ayub Nov 21, 2016 02:44pm

So sad. We even can not lift our garbage.

kanwarch Nov 21, 2016 03:04pm

why do we need foreign companies to do that?

PM Nov 21, 2016 03:07pm

The profit from this business can be retained in Pakistan. But unfortunately this profit will go to China. Isnt there any one in Pakistan who can run this business?

POLITY Nov 21, 2016 03:11pm

Indian company would do a better job...

khanm Nov 21, 2016 03:57pm

wonder if if is supposed to good or bad... we dont even pick our own garbage..cleanliness is next to godliness even that is done by Chinese in PAKLAND...folks... I was starting to see that what looks like garbage from one angle might be art from another. Maybe it did take a crisis to get to know yourself; maybe you needed to get whacked hard by life before you understood what you wanted out of it.

Tariq, Lahore Nov 21, 2016 04:16pm

What's wrong with our own lot??

Philosopher (from Japan) Nov 21, 2016 04:29pm

Let's see. In Japan garbage separation is a duty of each n every household. 3 different color shoppers are used for it like green for burnable, pink for cans n pet bottles, & white for others. If someone fails to comply this and found guilty may be penalized with huge fines. Every morning the garbage collection vehicles arrive and collect such garbage from outside home collection points. Similar awareness can be provided to our people as well. Importantly the empty garbage bags are purchased by the people themselves but to reduce the burden it can be provided by the City government at their expense.

Fawzia H Nov 21, 2016 04:55pm

What a pity that there is no Pakistani company that can do this and we have to ask outsiders to clean our cities

Abdul Hameed Nov 21, 2016 05:19pm

The issue is not only collecting the solid waste but to disposed it off in an environment friendly manner. I am sure local expertise are available than why is it contracted out to Chinese company?

M.Saeed Nov 21, 2016 06:14pm

Pathetic wasters! Cannot sweep their own dirt!

Jarb Nov 21, 2016 06:23pm

Many people seem to be happy for literally being good for nothing.

Imran Nov 21, 2016 06:58pm

Where is Karachi muncipality and staff of huge numbers. Fire all those and then ask Chinese. This nation cannot clean their streets, should they deserve any respectable place besides other developing countries?

farhan Nov 21, 2016 06:58pm

Sindh Govt. will do everything in their power to make sure problem of waste management is not handed over to municipal corporation where it belongs just to continue enemity towards city and their inhabitants. Yet another bogus plan for a city like Karachi.

Najaf Nov 21, 2016 07:01pm

So Punjab can give waste management/disposal to Turkish companies but Karachi, which is an even bigger city cannot ask Chinese??? It is a good step, will get rid of the ages old problem of waste and one must appreciate this. Criticism for the sake of criticism is not good. People of Karachi need to be more civilized also!

Naseem Nov 21, 2016 07:22pm

I dont care who does it. I just want to see a clean city!

ANNIE Nov 21, 2016 07:26pm

I am impatiently waiting my city to get cleaned

ANNIE Nov 21, 2016 07:27pm

I am waiting my city to get cleaned asap.

Alba Nov 21, 2016 08:20pm

@Ali jee .... There is a new Internet of Things. Check it out on Wikipedia. It is an inter connectivity of systems. It might even teach Pakistani economists how to manage the future of Pakistan more effectively.

Unknown Nov 21, 2016 08:54pm

That's great let's take a big step by outsourcing parliament & forces.We will all be happy thereafter

Muhammed Ali UK Nov 21, 2016 09:04pm

Pakistani workers are lazy, this should solve the problem as lazy workers will not be tolerated..

Ahsan Nov 21, 2016 09:23pm

It's interesting to note that China and Pakistan, the time tested friend ,have started co-operation from CPEC a prestigious project to Lifting Garbage from Karachi road. DOSTI HO TO AISI HO

Citizen of kaRachi Nov 21, 2016 10:21pm

Sindh government must not complain when the federal government usurps some of the provincial rights given under 18th amendment. All said and done, 18th amendment has proved to be a disaster.

Another pakistani Nov 21, 2016 10:26pm

@An averge pakistani, so true... plz pay taxes, it is for your own good

R.S. Menon Nov 21, 2016 10:36pm

Next outsourcing will be Tandoor/Rumali rotti and Chicken Tikka to China.

R.S. Menon, Bangalore

Faz Nov 21, 2016 10:48pm

Cant even manage your own garbage???? What a govt!!! What do u expect from these rulers!?

GREAT Nov 22, 2016 01:01am

Too much depending on Chinese.Must understand every good thing comes with a cost.

Sami Shahid Nov 23, 2016 03:49pm

shuker hai khyal agya