It is like a fairy tale but it literally happened in the biggest city of Pakistan. But before telling the main story let me tell you a little background. In Karachi nearly 12,000 tons of solid waste is generated daily. Hardly half of it is properly disposed of that too not ideally in an environmental friendly way. Rest of the solid waste simply litters in the street or scavengers pick it to sell it for recycle and reuse. Another huge part is burnt openly by communities to get rid of it. This is common in every big city of any backward country in Asia and Africa. Garbage collection system is purely under government control that is most inefficient and corrupt in such countries. So mismanage of solid waste is obvious and no need to be much surprise at it.
Main story of waste to energy
The sad part of the story is that a few years ago a representative of a Chinese firm working for generation energy through solid waste – widely known as waste to energy – visited the offices of Karachi civic government. Many people related to environment sector of this country have confirmed with the condition of not declaring their names that they did see a Chinese running from pillar to post in the office of the main civic authority of Karachi to initiate his proposal of waste to energy to buy the entire solid waste of the city and to produce energy from it. Books to learn more about this subject
Power crisis in Pakistan
Strangely enough he offered highest possible rates to buy the entire solid waste that is generated in Karachi and to invest in waste to energy power generation plan for producing power. Pakistan is one of the countries that is suffering from worst type of power crisis for the last one decade. In most of its big cities power outages for ten to twelve years daily are common. People keep on protesting against frequent power outages but mostly they damage the government property, burn tyres on roads and shout against the government. They cannot do more than this and eventually they have to disperse after police do baton charge on them. This happens almost in each big city of Pakistan very frequently.
Reported lethargy of civic authorities
That Chinese investor also tried to contract top officials of civic authorities of Karachi but no one properly attended him nor showed any interest to consider his proposal of waste to energy. There are also unconfirmed reports that most of the top civic officials asked him what benefits they will get if they approve his project. Thought it could not have been confirmed because that Chinese investor never came back but the way state of affairs in government of Pakistan are being run there is no reason not to believe in this report. Most of the government departments in Pakistan have broken the previous record of corruption and this land of pure is rapidly moving on the top in corruption index of the world. During previous one decade hundred percent rise in corruption at every level in federal, provincial and local governments was recorded by the global organizations which monitor the level of corruption all over the world.
He went back
Isn’t it height of pity that an investor was forced to move back by refusing his offer of not only solving the long-standing problem of solid waste mismanagement of Karachi but also he offered to contribute in mitigation of energy crisis of Pakistan by generating energy through the mismanaged waste. This story is enough to tell how dark are the green affairs of most of the third world countries where top officials and leaders are not sincere to solve any kind of problem and their main motive is to serve their own benefit even their homeland turned into hell.
Denial at official level
Several top officials of civic authority of Karachi several times denied that no any foreign investor was decline any project of waste to energy and totally termed this story baseless. But the ever-littering 6000 to 8000 tons daily solid waste in Karachi is an ample proof of the above story.
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