Dr. Iftikhar Shallwani, Administrator, Elected

Case Studies

The City of Karachi in Pakistan houses a population of 25 million residents and produces a waste quantity of 14,000 to 16,000 tons/day with a collection of 40 to 60%. With limited availability of land for the disposal of waste, the State (Government of Sindh) and City authorities (Sindh Solid Waste Management Board) are facing challenges in collection and disposal of waste. In light of the above, a study was commissioned and was undertaken by UNESCAP, IUCN and UNHABITAT to explore possible solutions to improve the city’s waste management initiatives.

 After devolution of the local government ordinance 2001, the responsibility of waste  collection and transportation came under city administrators, and treatment and disposal of refuse was handed over to the City District Government of Karachi (CDGK).

Under the Sindh Act No.4 of 2014, the Sindh Solid Waste Management board was formed,  which was responsible for the solid waste management of areas that fell under the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC).

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The Karachi Transportation Improvement Project, conducted from April 2010 to June 2012 and composed of a master plan and a feasibility study, resulted in the proposal and assessment of 2 Bus Rapid Transit corridors, namely Green and Red lines.

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The vision behind the ‘Mass Transit’ initiatives in Karachi is to provide safe, reliable, comfortable and affordable means of public transportation; create an enabling environment for private investments through public-private participation; define proper regulation of public transport through implementation of motor vehicle laws; and create new avenues for improvement of transport facilities in shape of ‘Mass Transit Systems’.

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