The government is going to introduce a new waste management system in the country to end sanitation and waste management woes once for all.
Advisor to Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin announced this while concluding the ceremony of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)’s Sanitation Market Shaping Workshop in Islamabad.
The workshop was organized to invite private investments in the sanitation sector.
During his address, Malik Amin said that the sanitation is an untapped market with massive business opportunities for private investors. Moreover, it will also create plenty of job opportunities in the private sector.
He admitted that sanitation had become a critical issue in the country which should be addressed at the earliest.
He said that 90 percent of wastewater is dumped untreated into the watercourses while 80 percent of solid waste is not collected from the dump spots.
Clean and Green Index
The adviser to PM said that the government is going to launch the Clean and Green Index next month under PM Khan’s Clean and Green Pakistan Initiative.
The program will address the issues of solid and liquid waste management, cleanliness, and sanitation, he said, adding,
There are 35 quantifiable indicators, in the index, based on the five pillars of Clean Green Pakistan Movement including tree plantation, solid waste management, liquid waste management, total sanitation or toilets, and safe drinking water.
He explained that the index will introduce healthy competition among 20 city government to bring a behavioral change for a clean and green Pakistan.
Malik Amin said that waste management and treatment has become a lucrative business in the world while in Pakistan, it has massive opportunities for the private sector.
He also assured the government’s full support to the private investors, society and other stakeholders venturing the sanitation market.
Among other components of the Clean and Green Pakistan are the Ten Billion Tree Tsunami project, environment-friendly electric vehicles and a complete plastic shopping bag ban in the country.