KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah approved Rs17.7 billion to purchase eight snorkels, fire tenders, refuse trucks, trackers and trolleys for local bodies of the province.
He took this decision on Tuesday while presiding over a meeting here at the CM House.
Snorkels for highrise buildings
The local government department presented a proposal to purchase eight snorkels for extinguishing fire in high rise buildings.
The meeting was told that eight snorkels, each one of 35 meter long would be purchase for divisional headquarters, three for Karachi, each one for Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, Nawabshah, Sukkur, Mirpurkhas and Larkana divisions.
Minister Local Government Nasir Shah informed the meeting that the tender process for purchase of snorkels has been undertaken. He added that the snorkels were needed for all divisional headquarters. At this the chief minister said that the amount of Rs1.5 billion would be made available in the next financial year.
Tractor and trolleys to transport garbage
Minister Local Government Nasir Shah told the meeting the municipal committees have to transport garbage swept from their respective areas to their landfill sites, therefore 102 tractor and trolleys were required.
The purchase would cost Rs4.1 billion. The chief minister, in principle approved the proposal and directed finance department to make the amount available in the start of the next financial year.
Purchase 89 fire tenders
The local government department presented another scheme to purchase 89 fire tenders for different municipal committees. He said that most of the municipal committees were in need of fire tenders for firefighting.
Murad Ali Shah approved Rs2.8 billion for purchase of 89 fire tenders to be provided to municipal committees all over Sindh.
115 refuse trucks
The chief minister approved another proposal of the local government department under which 115 refuse trucks would be purchased for Rs9.3 billion in the next financial year.
Major nullas of Karachi
Murad Ali Shah directed Minister Local government to activate KMC and DMCs to clean their major nullas. “The monsoon season was approaching, therefore desilting of major nullas should be started shortly,” he said.
The meeting was attended by Minister Local Government Nasir Shah, Advisor Law Murtaza Wahab, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, Chairman P&D M. Waseem, PSCM Sajid Jamal Abro, Secretary Finance Hassan Naqvi, Secretary Local Government Najam Shah and others.