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