The Lahore Waste Management Company disposed of 28,000 tonnes of animal waste at four dumping sites during the three days of Eidul Azha.
In the past, animal waste was mostly disposed of at Mehmood Booti. This year ditches had been dug out near the dumping sites in Tibba village – 13 kilometres from Lahore – Mehmood Booti, Babu Sabu in Sherakot and Saggian in Data Gunj Buksh town.
On Monday, the waste was buried under two feet of soil to prevent it from spreading odour and diseases, said Asif Iqbal, the general manager of the company.
He told The Express Tribune that the amount of animal waste disposed off this year was double compared with 2011.
Iqbal said that the waste company had set up 50 collection points for animal waste across the nine towns of the city.
On Eid day, an assistant manager (operations), a motor vehicle inspector, a sanitary inspector and a driver were suspended for negligence by the LWMC MD Waseem Ajmal Chaudhry.
More than 150 camps, 1,500 collection vehicles and a helpline had been set up by the LWMC on Eid, a press release issued on Monday said. According to the press release, 2,000 complaints were received on the helpline. About 10,000 workers were on duty during the Eid holidays to keep the city clean.
Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif also announced on Monday a week’s salary as a bonus for LWMC staffers.
Prices of sacrificial animals dipped sharply after Eid day.
On Sunday and Monday, vendors were seen selling goats for less than Rs20,000.
They had earlier been demanding as much as Rs50,000 for goats of the same size and had refused offers of Rs30,000.
Traders at the Shahpur Kanjaran animal market said a large number of goats had remained unsold. They said buyers for cows and camels, which are used for offering collective sacrifice, had been easier to find.
City roads, which had remained largely deserted on Eid day, saw an increase in traffic on Sunday as people thronged to eateries.
Railway stations and bus terminals were packed on Monday as people returned to the city.
On Sunday and Monday, a large number of people picnicked in parks including the Race Course Park, Shalimar Garden, Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park and Bagh-i-Jinnah.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 30th, 2012.