Karachi: The World Bank (WB) has devised a solid waste emergency efficiency programme for implementation across the city for the duration of the 2020-24 period at a cost of USD 100 million, a news source reported. The bank has partnered with the local government, Karachi Municipal Corporation (KMC), and the Solid Waste Management Board (SWMB) for its consolidation.
According to details, the aim of the programme is to implement an integrated solid waste management for Karachi as well as improving the local government’s efficiency in dealing with it. The provincial government had asked for the WB’s assistance in this regard in wake of last year’s monsoon situation.
The concept paper of the programme indicate that the authorities concerned would create a mini PC-1 for cleaning of drains and dumping of desilted waste at a landfill site. Meanwhile, consultants would be hired via another WB-assisted programme called CLICK.
The programme would also include a plan for influencing behavioural change in people regarding waste management. The mid and long-term plan of the solid waste emergency efficiency programme focuses on an elaborate infrastructural development, including construction of two landfill sites, two garbage stations, and new dumping points, along with the rehabilitation of existing points.