Lack of cleanliness in SITE industrial area; SEPA is issuing notices on the basis of garbage accumulation

Karachi, March 13, 2019 (PPI-OT): Mr. Saleem Parekh, President SITE Association of Industry showing his grievances over garbage accumulation and lack of cleaning in SITE – the largest industrial area, has said that due to non-performance of SITE Limited, Sindh Solid Waste Management Board (SSWMB) and Chinese contractor company Hangzhou Jinjiang, heaps of garbage are increasing day by day in SITE Area.

It seems that they are planning to convert SITE area into garbage dumping area, stated Mr. Saleem Parekh who was chairing a meeting convened to discuss single point agenda of solid waste lifting from SITE area. Meeting was attended by Dr. A. D. Sajnani, Managing Director, SSWMB; Mr. Syed Imdad Ali Shah, Managing Director, SITE Limited; Mr. Ahsan Arshad Ayub, Senior Vice President; Mr. Naveed Wahid, Vice President SITE Association of Industry; and Mr. Abdul Hadi, Chairman, Law and Order, SITE Association.

Mr. Parekh stated that several meetings have been held with SSWMB and Chinese Contractor Company but the result is zero as there is no system to lift the garbage on regular basis. SITE Limited has also failed to lift debris of nala due to which industrialists are facing difficulties and on the basis of nala waste dumped outside the industries SEPA (Sindh Environment Protection Agency) is issuing notices to industries that if industrial wastes are not cleaned their factories would be closed down. Mr. Parekh asked the stakeholders why industries are being penalized when the concerned departments are not performing their duties?

He urged the Sindh Government to take notice of these issues and instruct the concerned departments to perform their duties. He also urged SEPA to withdraw their notices and remarked that we fail to understand whether to run industries or reply notices issued on daily basis.

Mr. Parekh requested SSWMB to clear the present junk at GTC College (Koyla Kanta Street) which has not been lifted since January-2019. Dr. Sajnani agreeing with the facts said that the dumped junk is approximately 1500 tons and to lift at least 300 vehicles are required (average 5-tons per vehicle lifting), he assured to work out plan for this. He informed that from GTS to landfill site contractor services have been hired, while Chinese Contractor Company is being paid per ton garbage lifted from the area.

Mr. Parekh stressed SITE Limited and SSWMB to perform their duties so that industrialists could focus all their attentions on production activities as it would increase exports of Pakistan and provide more job opportunities.

For more information, contact:
Secretary General,
S.I.T.E. Association of Industry
H-16, Textile Avenue, SITE, Karachi, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-32562883, +92-21-32560705
Fax: +92-21-32560704