KARACHI: The Sindh government will disburse a special grant of Rs10 million to each of the district municipal corporations (DMCs) in Karachi to help them make special arrangements for sanitation and provision of other municipal services during the upcoming Eid ul Azha holidays.
Information and Local Government Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah announced this on Saturday during a meeting to finalise a strategy for special sanitation arrangements on the occasion of Eid ul Azha.The local government secretary, the mayors of Karachi and Hyderabad, the Karachi commissioner, and the chairmen of the DMCs of Central, Korangi, East and West districts, among others attended the meeting.
The minister directed the officials concerned to involve the elected local government representatives in the system being evolved to dispose of waste of sacrificial animals during Eid. He said that the government would fully support the elected local government representatives in this regard.
Local Government Secretary Roshan Ali Shaikh said that special places had been designated in every union council for sacrificing animals on the occasion of Eid ul Azha. He said that such a strategy had been adopted so that remains of the waste of the sacrificial animals were not dumped on every street, road, or highway in the city. He said that special landfill sites outside the city had been designated in the city for the disposal of the waste of sacrificial animals.
Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar said that launching a sanitation drive before Eid ul Azha was a good effort that would create long-lasting results. He said the number of trucks used for carrying the waste of sacrificial animals should be increased.
The minister asked the local government secretary that the Sindh Solid Waste Management Board (SSWMB) should constantly maintain liaison with the DMCs’ chairmen for an effective sanitation strategy on the occasion of Eid ul Azha. He also asked the managing director of the SSWMB to make special arrangements for quick disposal of the offal of sacrificial animals.
He also asked the Karachi commissioner to direct the deputy commissioner in every district of Karachi to visit areas in their jurisdiction for supervising the sanitation arrangements being adopted there.