The Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) has finalised its Emergency Response Plan for the upcoming rainy season to prevent a possible flood-like situation in the city.
Under the plan, which will remain in force from July 1 to September 15, authorities will remove solid waste and silt from drains in order to prepare for monsoon. Over 2,000 sanitary workers have been directed to perform emergency duty at 122 major choke points across the city. The staff will be provided necessary equipment and gadgets such as raincoats, shoes, litter trappers, strainers and nets in order to separate waste from rainwater.
Several emergency response teams have also been formed at the town-level to respond to waste related complaints received on the helpline, 1139. Using updates from the Meteorological Department, these teams will be sent to the streets before the rain. In order to coordinate their efforts with other local government plans, a control room has also been established at Shaheen Complex with additional staff. The control room will be operational round the clock.
On Monday, LWMC Operations General Manager Khalid Majeed chaired a meeting of senior officials, managers, assistant managers, zonal officers and field staff to finalise the plan. “Awareness initiatives will also be carried out across the city during monsoons season to ask people not to throw waste, especially plastic shopping bags, in the streets. Instead, people should use waste bins to avoid any inconvenience during the rainy season,” the officials said.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 24th, 2014.