CDA urged to use waste for energy generation

ISLAMABAD - Funds can be generated by using solid waste for electricity and gas generation to overcome energy crisis and the Capital Development Authority (CDA) may take it as a pilot project to act as a role model for other cities.

Federal Secretary for Science and Technology Ikhlaq Ahmad Tarar expressed these views while addressing the inaugural ceremony of ‘International Symposium on Solid Waste Management’, organized by Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) here Friday.

The PSF organized the symposium to take up urban, hospital and industrial waste issues that need to be addressed urgently as inefficient disposal of waste is the main source of pest attack on economic crops and poor practices adopted for waste disposal have become one of the leading causes of health problems and environmental deterioration.

The federal secretary said, “It is very unfortunate that we are unable to handle the issue of solid waste management and, as a result, citizens are facing its hazardous effects.” He was of the view that certain governance issues and mafia involved in business of solid waste are the main reasons for inappropriate solid waste management.

He appreciated the PSF for providing a platform to different organisations to sensitise them on this very important issue. He called upon the stakeholders to sit together and chalk out strategies for appropriate management of solid waste.

Dr Giulia Costa, an international expert on waste management from University of Rome, Italy, delivered a presentation on waste management. She elaborated types and composition of solid waste in different countries and methods being used for its management. She also spoke on hazardous and non-hazardous solid waste.  Continue reading

Plan to preserve seven buildings on The Mall

LAHORE, July 13: Seven historical buildings on The Mall will be preserved.

The decision was taken at a meeting presided over by Commissioner Jawad Rafique Malik on Friday. District Coordination Officer Noorul Amin Mengal and other officials concerned also attended the meeting. The commissioner said as the restoration of historical buildings in their real shape was a challenging job, the project would increase the beauty of The Mall.

The DCO directed the Municipal Services EDO to prepare a technical and financial proposal to rehabilitate buildings after monsoon.

Participants in the meeting also accepted a proposal to establish a revolving fund for the project. They also sought help for mobilising the media, civil society, traders and other segments of society to accomplish this project successfully.

ORDER: The DCO has ordered a survey of all old and dangerous commercial and residential buildings in the city, directing the authorities concerned to submit a report within a week.

According to officials, the DCO took the action in order to avoid any building collapse incident during the monsoon season.

POLIO: Special Assistant Khwaja Salman Rafique and DCO Noorul Amin Mengal on Friday inaugurated the anti-polio drive by administering drops to children in the Cantonment area. The CDGL is scheduled to launch a three-day anti-polio drive on July 16, says a press release. — Staff Reporter Continue reading

CDA to develop three new sectors

ISLAMABAD – The Capital Development Authority is planning three new sectors in Islamabad and work in this regard will start during the current year.
Talking to reporters, CDA Member Estate Khalid Mirza said communication among all directorates concerned about the commencement of sectors of C-14, C-15 and C-16 sectors is going on. According to him, construction on these sectors will be completed in three years.
The CDA has allocated Rs 16 billion for the project. According to Director General CDA Planning division, Ghulam Sarwar Sindhu, a report about the three sectors has already been sent to Member Estate Khalid Mirza. Continue reading