KARACHI: The street sides and empty plots of the provincial metropolis will soon be cleared of the trash heaps as 22 out of 165 cleaning vehicles, called from China, have arrived in Karachi.
According to Minister for Local Government Jam Khan Shoro, heavy machinery for the purpose will also arrive in a week after which cleaning work in the city will be seen happening. The vehicles have been handed to Sindh Solid Waste Management Board after being cleared at the port.
The trash clearing work will first start in the southern and eastern areas if the city. Work in the southern areas will start from the second week of March.
These vehicles can lift up to 10 tonnes of trash. The trash would first be picked up from each and every house and then be taken to garbage transfer stations from where it will be sent to landfill sites.
Since the vehicles are completely covered, pieces of trash will not fall out, as it is commonly seen happening on the city roads when garbage is carried in vehicles that have been in use.
Not just vehicles, other equipment has also been sent. These include trash cans. Separate colour trash cans will be placed in different areas. For instance some parts of Gulshan will have blue trash containers.
The employees of District Municipal Corporation and sanitary workers will also be involved in the process.
Given the growing population in the city, the issue of solid waste management must be dealt with at the earliest and heaps of garbage are the breeding ground of viruses.