CM well comes FPCCI delegation to initiate combined effluent treatment plants in industrial areas

Sameer Nazir
KARACHI:
The Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah has welcomed an offer by the FPCCI delegation to initiate combined effluent treatment plants in industrial areas of Karachi and solid waste management schemes to recycle it for power generation for which all the funds would be generated through International donors agencies. This offer was made by a four member delegation of Federal Chambers of Commerce and Industry led FPCCI Chairman of Standing Committee on Environment Mr. Gulzar Firoz, other members in delegation included Syed Muhammad Shifaaat Zaidi, Mrs Shama Saeed and Dr. Sami uz Zaman, Director Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) Mr. Waqar Phulpoto was also present during meeting.
Chief Minister Sindh said that Sindh Government was serious on not only implementing the existing laws for the environmental protection through SEPA but efforts are underway to do more legislation for provision of clean environment to the people of Sindh specially those living in Mega Cities like Karachi. He said that through combined effluent treatment plants and solid waste management we not only address the issues of environmental degradation but also power will be generated through these projects which will help to overcome the energy crises faced by the country. He directed the officers of provincial environment department and SEPA to have consultative meeting with FPCCI delegation and thoroughly discuss the proposal and submit him final recommendations so that proposal could be implemented. CM Sindh also asked the FPCCI delegation to invite the interested donors who intend to invest in these projects and arrange his meeting with them by the end of this month so that these projects be materialized without further delay. CM Sindh said that solid waste proper proposal of sewerage water and cleanliness are the burring problems of Metropolitan City and prime responsibility to resolve these issues lies with Karachi Metropolitan Corporation but government of Sindh also extending all sorts of administrative and financial support to KMC to redress the problems of the residents of Karachi.
He informed the delegation that an agreement for generation of 300 MW of Power from solid waste of Karachi will inked with a Chinese company by the end of this month. Sindh Chief Minister said that there was huge potential for investment and industrialization in Sindh province in various sectors including Agriculture, livestock, dairy farming and fruit orchards for which government of Sindh is providing facilities and incentives to the investors to encourage them. He said that there were about 6 million livestock including Cows, Goats Sheep and Camel in Tharparkar district only. He said that milk product by cows in Sindh is rich in energy and quality as compared to other parts of the country. He also informed the delegation that a mega milk and meat producing farm was functioning at Bhambhore district Thatta and provincial government has planned to launch further such projects in different parts of the Sindh.
FPCCI Gulzar Firoz thanked the CM Sindh for considering their proposal and added that combined effluent treatment and solid waste management was essential for industrialization after awarding of GSP plus status for Pakistan. He said un-treated industrial effluent not only pollutes sea but creates serious health hazards for residents of the City which must be addressed once for all. He added that Italian, Russian and UN environmental agencies were ready to finance these projects. He assured CM Sindh for all kind of corporation from FPCCI for opening more industrial units in Karachi as well as other parts of the province. Director SEPA Waqar Phulphoto informed the delegation that to protect the environment and specially address the issue of plastic bags which is major cause of blockage of sewerage lines, drafting of a law is under way which will be get passed through Sindh Assembly.