Waste management: Turkish companies to help clean Lahore

New safety equipment and vehicles, higher pay for workers, says LWMC.


Sonia Malik March 07, 2012

LAHORE:


Turkish companies Al Bayark and OzPak will help transform the waste management system in Lahore over the next seven years, said Waseem Ajmal, managing director of the Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC), at a seminar on Wednesday.


Speaking at a seminar titled ‘New solid waste management system and the responsibility of the citizen,’ Ajmal said that Lahore would be divided into two zones – west and east– and the two Turkish companies would each take responsibility to clean one zone.

Ajmal said that under the new system, sanitation workers would be provided uniforms, better safety equipment and higher wages. “Until now, there was no safety equipment for sanitation workers and the washing and sweeping equipment and containers used were over 20 years old,” he said.

Five thousand closed waste containers have been imported, he said, and called for volunteers from among the citizens to prevent them from being stolen once installed around the city. He said that door-to-door collection of waste would also be introduced, and the company would buy space for landfill sites.

Ajmal presented pictures of new vehicles imported for transporting waste. “These are efficient and closed and there will be no littering during the commute,” he said. “The new vehicles imported for washing parks and pavements function through a high pressure technique.”

He said a helpline (1139) to lodge complaints about litter and for its speedy removal had been set up and the cell had dealt with 19,362 complaints already. “We have also signed a waste collection agreement with Waste Busters and a cement company,” he said. The two Turkish companies will start working in Lahore in two to three months, he said.

Biron Topan, managing director of Al Bayrak, urged citizens to cooperate with the government is bringing about a cleaner environment.

Behri Kamal, project coordinator for OzPak, said that the Turkish companies were not just involved in the project for profit, but as a token of appreciation for the Khilafat Movement of the early 20th Century. “We can not forget when the Muslims of South Asia helped Turkey. Our government will always extend its full cooperation, especially towards Lahore,” he said.

Zar Aslam, the founder of The Environment Protection Fund (TEPF), highlighted the work her group has done to clean Lahore.

“We have been engaging schoolchildren collect trash from the dirtiest places in Lahore. It’s a three-point initiative – clean, green and protect,” she said. “We clean the streets and markets and then with the children’s help we plant new trees.”

Aslam urged the participants to boycott use of plastic bags. “One plastic bag we dispose of remains out there for 400 years. If we care about our future generations, then we need to rethink our use of plastic bags,” she said.

Lesco Chairman Ahmad Rafay Alam praised the initiative as a positive step towards tackling pollution and sanitation concerns in Lahore.

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that the new system would restore Lahore’s reputation as a city of flowers and gardens. He said that after Lahore, the waste management system would be extended to Gujranwala, Sialkot, Rawalpindi, Multan, Sargodha, Dera Ghazi Khan and Bahawalpur.

Khawaja Hassaan, the chairman of the LWMC, said that Lahoris should be embarrassed about what they had done to the city. He urged the citizens to join hands with the government to make the new system a success.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 8th, 2012.

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COMMENTS (7)

anoni | 9 years ago | Reply

You want to go green .. Stop using plastic and get Paper Bags . That's the simplest greenest thing we can all do .

sylmarkhan | 9 years ago | Reply

This news is welcoming. I always wanted this from government. It is good hope for punjab. I also hope other provinces take this oppurtunity to bring change in their lives. I wish the next step we can move forward to areas like meet electricity demands.

Shahbaz sharif just got reelected. He's good for punjab.

Garbage left in the streets was very bad. Not to mention pollution for environment and health risk.

It is time government investing in environment by reducing pollution.

I think people & foreign will not get sick now that good plan is at work. We are moving toward developed nations. Our population needs to care about environment pollution.

Schools should highlight environment pollution, work place & city should get involved.

We have ignored far enough pollution & the risk involved.

Now i will be happy to visit pakistan in prosperous state. This was one of the turnoff's of pakistan vacation. Now people will have clean air to breath. Now people will care about their cities. Now cities will stay clean.

Now we need government that can take us forward. One leader can lead us the way. by implementing right practices. thank you shabaz shariff for your great effort in eliminating environment pollution.

the capital changed tube lights for led lights is commendable act.

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