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UK firm to assist KMC generate electricity from garbage

Administrator KMC Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi said on Wednesday that they were conducting a study to devise a comprehensive plan for generating energy from garbage, which would be completed in three months.

In this connection, a consultant from a British firm, Richard Cook, has arrived in the city to assist the KMC in this regard.Both Hashim Raza and Richard Cook discussed various aspects of solid waste management (SWM) plan and the scientific method being used by the developed countries for generating energy from garbage.

“On an average, over 10,000 tonnes garbage is being generated per day in Karachi and eight to 10 thousand people have been working to lift it. But if we generate energy from this garbage on scientific lines then energy crisis can be overcome to a good extent,” he said. The garbage collected from six cantonment board areas and 18 towns is shifted to three landfill sites on daily basis.

Hashim Raza said that owing to rapid growth in population and expansion of industrial areas in this port city they plan to devise an effective SWM system under which garbage should be lifted on immediate basis and used for generating energy.

Cook discussed various aspects of the study with the officials of district municipal corporations and shared information about the nature and disposal methods of garbage. On the occasion, all the district municipal commissioners assured their full cooperation in implementing the SWM programme. Cook said that a comprehensive report on such study could attract foreign investors for the purpose.

The KMC Administrator directed the municipal officers to ensure their full guidance and support to the consulting company so that the report could be completed at earliest and a comprehensive and integrated SWM system could be implemented.

Senior Director Municipal Services Dr Shaukat Zaman, Chief Engineer, Contract Management, Khalid Masroor and other officers were also present at the meeting.

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