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CM hails FPCCI delegation’s offer for treatment plants

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, has welcomed an offer by the FPCCI delegation to initiate combined effluent treatment plants in the industrial areas of Karachi and recycling solid waste management schemes for power generation for which funds would be generated through international donor agencies.
A CM House statement on Saturday said that this offer was made by a four-member delegation of the Federal Chambers of Commerce and Industry led by FPCCI Chairman of Standing Committee on Environment, Gulzar Firoz.
Other members of the delegation were Muhammad Shifaat Zaidi, Shama Saeed and Dr Samiuz Zaman, Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) Director Waqar Phulpoto was also present during meeting.
Qaim Ali Shah said that the Sindh government was serious for not only implementing the existing laws for the environmental protection through SEPA but efforts are also underway for more legislation for provision of clean environment to the people of Sindh specially those living in mega cities like Karachi.
He said, “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.”
The chief minister directed the officers of provincial environment department and SEPA to have consultation meetings with the FPCCI delegation, thoroughly discuss the proposal and submit to him final recommendations so that the proposal could be implemented.
He also asked the FPCCI delegation to invite interested donors intending to invest in these projects and arrange his meeting with them by the end of this month so that these projects were materialised without further delay.
The chief minister said that solid waste, sewerage water and cleanliness are burning problems of the metropolitan city and a prime responsibility to resolve these issues lies with the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) but the Sindh government was also extending all sorts of administrative and financial support to KMC redressing problems of city residents.
He informed the delegation that an agreement for a 300MW power generation from solid waste of Karachi will be linked with a Chinese company by the end of this month.      
He further said that there was a huge potential for investment and industrialisation in Sindh for various sectors including agriculture, livestock, dairy farming and fruit orchards for which the provincial government is encouraging investors by providing facilities and incentives.
He said that there were about six million livestock including cows, goats, sheep and camels in Tharparkar District only, adding that cow milk products in Sindh is rich in energy and quality compared to other parts of the country. Qaim Ali Shah also informed the delegation that a mega milk and meat producing farm functions in Bhambhore District, Thatta and the provincial government plans to launch more such projects in different parts of the province.
Gulzar Firoz thanked CM Sindh for considering their proposal and added that the combined effluent treatment and solid waste management was essential for industrialisation after Pakistan was awarded GSP plus status.
He said, “Un-treated industrial effluent not only pollutes the sea but creates serious health hazards for the city residents that must be addressed once and for all.”
He added that the Italian, Russian and UN environmental agencies were ready to finance these projects and assured the CM for all kinds of cooperation from the FPCCI for establishing industrial units in Karachi as well as other parts of the province.

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