Offal from residential areas removed, says nazim
KARACHI: City Nazim Mustafa Kamal has claimed that 99 per cent of the total number of offal and wastes of animals, sacrificed during the three days of Eidul Azha, have been removed from residential localities and buried scientifically at the dumping sites established at town level.
Speaking at a press conference at his office on Wednesday, he said the disposal of offal and animal wastes was made with proper management and the state of cleanliness in the city was not only monitored by local NGOs but also reviewed by foreign environment bodies, who called it a result of a successful and vigorous campaign.
He said the number of animals sacrificed in Karachi was much more than any other city of Pakistan. He said, “Taking it as a challenge, we devised a strategy a month ahead of Eid. I can say that it proved 100 per cent successful,” he added. The nazim said the city government offered full cooperation to cantonment boards and other civic agencies and removed offal and animal wastes from areas falling in the jurisdiction of cantonment boards.
“I was shocked to see a number of offal lying unattended on service road from Teen Talwar to KPT Underpass and I contacted the respective UC nazim. The UC nazim informed me that it was the area of Clifton Cantonment Board. I asked him to remove offal from that area and he removed,” he added.EDO (Municipal Services) Masood Alam said he received a number of complaints regarding non-lifting of offal from Gulistan-i-Jauhar and adjacent areas, which fall in the jurisdiction of Faisal Cantonment Board. “We sent our team and lifted the offal from the road,” the EDO said.
However, the city nazim did not divulge exact figures of offal disposed by the city government or town administration and said it was nearly impossible to count the number of offal removed and buried. Keeping in view a potential risk of epidemic, the city government had ensured fumigation and sprinkled limestone at all places where animals were sacrificed. He said the three-day drive was a test case for the city government and after a pause of two days it would resume the cleanliness campaign for a fortnight on the same pattern from January 6.