Pakistan: Municipal waste from Karachi will be used for clean electricity generation

The proposed waste-to-energy project will consume between 6,000 and 8,000 tonnes of waste generated daily in the city. Work on the project will begin immediately.

Up to 16,000 tons of municipal waste generated daily in Karachi creates serious problems for its people as massive resources are needed for timely and safe waste disposal every day.

The SSWMB has engaged the services of Chinese companies for this purpose.

Speaking on the occasion, Sindh Energy Minister Imtiaz Ahmed Shaikh said the proposed waste-to-energy project would generate 175 megawatts of clean electricity with an investment of $600 million.

He said that the government of Sindh will provide the land near Karachi landfill to start the project which will go a long way in keeping the city clean and green.

Shaikh said the project will also be extended to other major cities in Sindh after its successful execution in Karachi.

He said the government’s energy and local government departments worked together to unveil the project which would be a milestone in the proper disposal of municipal waste generated in the city.

He said the project was launched in line with the government’s slogan “Green Energy, Clean Karachi” which reflected the vision of Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who represented the increase of green coverage in Karachi after he to be tackled with the problem of its municipal waste.

Karachi Administrator, Lawyer Murtaza Wahab also spoke on the occasion and appreciated that the plan was launched to safely dispose of the tons of municipal waste generated daily in the provincial capital.

He said the project will go a long way in addressing the problem of environmental pollution in the city as after its successful execution in Karachi, similar projects would be launched in other urban centers of the province.

Melissa C. Keyes