In­dia re­quest Pun­jab govt for coop in solid waste man­age­ment: Shah­baz

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

Pun­jab Chief Min­is­ter Muham­mad Shah­baz Sharif has said that the mod­ern san­i­ta­tion sys­tem in­tro­duced in the pro­vin­cial metropo­lis, with the col­lab­o­ra­tion of Turk com­pa­nies, has yielded pos­i­tive re­sults and ar­range­ments have been made for launch­ing this sys­tem in Rawalpindi, Gu­jran­wala, Sialkot, Faisal­abad and Multan as well. He said that the mod­ern sys­tem of clean­li­ness in th­ese ma­jor of cities of Pun­jab will start op­er­at­ing from next fi­nan­cial year. He said that ef­forts of La­hore Waste Man­age­ment Com­pany and Turk con­tac­tors for main­tain­ing san­i­tary con­di­tions are com­mend­able and will help make La­hore a neat and beau­ti­ful city like Is­tan­bul.

He was pre­sid­ing over a high level meet­ing at Model Town to­day which re­viewed the mod­ern san­i­ta­tion sys­tem in­tro­duced in the pro­vin­cial metropo­lis. Chair­man La­hore Waste Man­age­ment Com­pany Ah­mad Rafay Alam, Khawaja Ah­mad Hasaan, Mehr Ish­tiaq Ahmed, Sec­re­taries Lo­cal Government and Fi­nance, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor La­hore Waste Man­age­ment Com­pany, District Co­or­di­na­tion Of­fi­cer La­hore, Binyamin of Turk­ish Com­pany Albayrak, Hanfi Kar­dar and Behri Por­sazo of OZPAK and other con­cerned au­thor­i­ties were present on the oc­ca­sion.

The Chief Min­is­ter said that col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Pun­jab and Turk com­pa­nies has strength­ened con­tacts at pub­lic level be­tween the two coun­tries while trade co­op­er­a­tion has also in­creased. He said that mod­ern san­i­ta­tion sys­tem is op­er­at­ing ef­fi­ciently at union coun­cil level in La­hore and its scope has been ex­tended to the whole city in four phases. He di­rected that clean­li­ness ar­range­ments in the ru­ral ar­eas should be fur­ther im­proved and mod­ern ma­chin­ery should be uti­lized for this pur­pose.

He said that the process of garbage col­lec­tion from houses should be ac­cel­er­ated and Turk com­panied should bring the re­main­ing ma­chin­ery as soon as pos­si­ble. He di­rected that at­ten- dance of all san­i­tary work­ers should be en­sured in the field and ac­tion should be taken against the ab­sen­tee staff as per rules and reg­u­la­tions. He di­rected Sec­re­tary Fi­nance to re­solve the is­sue of con­veyance al­lowance of san­i­tary work­ers im­me­di­ately. He said that there is a need for fur­ther im­prove­ment of san­i­tary sys­tem at Mo­hal­lah level. He ex­pressed the hope that mod­ern sys­tem of clean­li­ness will fur­ther beau­tify the city. He said that pub­lic aware­ness cam­paign re­gard­ing im­por­tance of the mod­ern san­i­ta­tion sys­tem should be made more ef­fec­tive on the pat­tern of dengue aware­ness cam­paign and be­sides ar­rang­ing sem­i­nars and TV talk shows, ads in print me­dia should also be pub­lished for this pur­pose. The Chief Min­is­ter is­sued in­struc­tions for set­ting up a com­mit­tee to be headed by Se­nior Mem­ber Board of Rev­enue to ar­range auc­tion of old ve­hi­cles of district government used for garbage col­lec­tion and this process should be con­ducted in a trans­par­ent man­ner in the pres­ence of elec­tronic me­dia. He said that In­dian del­e­ga­tion which is on a visit to Pak­istan has ap­pre­ci­ated the mod­ern sys­tem of san­i­ta­tion in the pro­vin­cial metropo­lis. He said that the In­dian del­e­ga­tion has re­quested the Pun­jab government for co­op­er­a­tion and asked a del­e­ga­tion of Solid Waste Man­age­ment to visit In­dia for this pur­pose. The Chief Min­is­ter said that process of iden­ti­fy­ing small and big sites for dis­posal of solid waste in other ar­eas of La­hore should be ac­cel­er­ated. He also is­sued in­struc­tions for the ca­pac­i­ty­build­ing of san­i­tary work­ers. The Chief Min­is­ter con­grat­u­lated the new chair­man of La­hore Waste Man­age­ment Com­pany Ahmed Rafay Alam on as­sum­ing the charge of his post and ex­pressed the hope that he will per­form his du­ties ef­fi­ciently with re­gard to mod­ern sys­tem of clean­li­ness. Ear­lier, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor La­hore Waste Man­age­ment Com­pany gave brief­ing re­gard­ing the progress of mod­ern san­i­tary sys­tem in La­hore.

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