KARACHI - Karachi Deputy Mayor Dr Arshad Vohra has said that municipal organisations has been disposing of four thousand ton garbage on daily basis despite the fact that it is not their job and this duty has been assigned to the newly created Sindh solid waste management board with allocation of funds.

“We have requested the Sindh government to provide us funds so we could manage to clean the whole city simultaneously,” he added.

He expressed these views while addressing the journalists at the Meet the Press program of the Karachi Press Club on Friday.

President of KPC Fazil Jamili, Secretary A.H Khanzada and other office bearers, Municipal Commissioner Dr Badar Jameel, Sr Director Municipal Services Masood Alam, Director General Technical Services Niaz Soomro, Sr Director Health & Medical Services Dr. Muhammad Ali, Director Media Management KMC Ali Hassan Sajid and other officers were also present on this occasion.

The deputy mayor in his address said the present local government leadership of Karachi assumed its charge only less than two months ago and still it performed its duty excellently during the recent Eid-ul-Azha and Muharram-ul-Haram.

More than 1.7 million offal of sacrificial animals were lifted and disposed of by municipal staff in three days of Eid and the KMC along with DMCs in Karachi made the arrangements quite successfully for Ashura Muharram and other events during Muharram, he held.

Deputy Mayor Arshad Vohra said KMC also carrying out operations against encroachments in different areas of the city and already hundreds of concrete structures from main city drains had been removed. He said some changes have been made in the administrative setup of KMC and some officers were replaced with others so that these departments could run in a better way.

Regarding revenue recovery he said a thorough campaign in this connection has been launched to recover dues amounting to billions of rupees from commercial consumers and the government has been approached for more powers.

He said the transfer of many revenue generating departments from KMC to other organizations also contributed in the current financial constraint facing by the organizations.

The Deputy Mayor said he has approached the government for de-freezing of local councils accounts as it was not possible for KMC to pay the salary and pension to its employees or pay for other routine expenditures.

He also appealed to citizens of Karachi to own their city and join hands with the local government leadership so that it could make Karachi a modern city.

The president and secretary of Karachi Press Club thanked the deputy mayor Karachi for addressing Meet the Press program and giving his point of view to the media.