KARACHI - The Sindh Solid Waste Management Board (SSWMB) has signed an agreement with Chinese firm Shangahi Canghi Sanitation Engineering to keep the city clean.

An official of the provincial government said here on Tuesday that the agreement pertained to cleanliness in the District East of Karachi. The agreement to this effect was signed by District Municipal Corporation (DMC) East Chairman Moeed Anwar and Chinese firm’s President Yang Zian. Sindh Minister for Local Bodies Jam Khan Shoro and Deputy Mayor of Karachi Arshad Vohra were also present on the occasion.

Shoro said on the occasion that the very purpose of the SSWMB was to improve the cleanliness system in Karachi. He said that initially the agreement had been reached with the DMC South and East and in the second phase it would be expanded to other districts in the metropolis. He said that under the agreement the Chinese company would invest $7 million in Karachi's District East. He said the company would deploy 96 garbage collection vehicles and place more than 4,000 dustbins and containers in the city. He said the Chinese firm would start work two months after signing the agreement. He said the firm would lift garbage from homes, lanes, streets, localities, link and main roads and take it to landfill sites. He said the company would also ensure mechanical washing of main roads.

Vohra appreciated the move of the provincial government. He said that efforts were being made to ensure cleanliness and solve city’s sewerage problems.