Expensive KMC mechanical sweepers sit idle

September 17, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Out of 16 advanced technological mechanical road sweepers with Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) only six are in working condition and others are waiting for proper funding to get them repaired, said sources.

The sweepers were bought for millions of rupees in 2006-07. Each sweeper contains 88 brushes. The sweepers can spray water and suck dust as well. They have sensors and are computerized.

The reliable sources told PPI on Wednesday the working mechanical sweepers could also not be brought into use because of non-availability of fuel.

“KMC has to pay a large amount of dues to the oil supplying contractors which it is unable to pay in the current scenario. That is why the contractors have stopped provision of fuel to the KMC vehicles, consequently cleanliness drive could not function properly,” it said.

Provincial Minister for Information and Local Government Sharjeel Inam Memon has recently directed all the local bodies to make a detailed contingency plan of cleanliness and lifting of offal during the three days of Eidul Adha.

However, Director Machinery Pool Depot Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) Noman Arshad said that around Rs200 million were required for the proper maintenance of cleaning machineries and vehicles in order to meet the demand of the city, especially during Eidul Adha.

“Though we have got adequate number of machinery and vehicles, but the problem lies with lack of funds for their maintenance as around 40 percent of the vehicles were standing idle for several years that had developed some faults. These days we do not have the money even to repair these special cleaning machines that were bought a few years back,” he said.

Arshad said that if all the machinery had been working properly the cleaning of the city could be managed without much problem. Lack of functioning machines had caused the garbage piled up at so many locations in the city.

The director said that a summary request for reimbursement of funds had been sent to the Sindh government and it was hoped that a positive response would be seen soon from the government.

He said that KMC only had that much fund for the maintenance of the machines that it could only do oiling and cleaning of the vehicles, while buying parts or doing proper maintenance was out of question.

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