According to a report by Baaghi TV, the Sunday leave of waste management company employees has been canceled to pick up garbage from Lahore, the provincial capital of Punjab.
Punjab Provincial Minister Mian Aslam Iqbal said that officers and employees would be present in the field till the cleaning of the city is complete. Employees’ leave will be compensated in accordance with the rules.
Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar said that he would pay a detailed visit to Lahore and inspect the sanitation arrangements and civic amenities himself. From 40% of the machinery, 85% of the garbage was picked up, while by tomorrow 6,300 tons of garbage will be picked up. 40 major roads will be cleared by mechanical supers.
PML-N Punjab spokesperson Uzma Bukhari criticized the government, saying that the no one knew that Naya Pakistan would be so dirty. No one could think it is possible, they [PTI Govt] have made Lahore a garbage can by working hard. Addressing a press conference in Lahore, PML-N Punjab spokesperson Uzma Bukhari added that the people have seen what new change has been made in the new Pakistan. Aslam Iqbal still lives in the 1990s, with banners to make speed breakers displayed in his constituency. Uzma Bukhari said that garbage collection is the job of the local government.
Mian Aslam Iqbal said that 85% garbage has been removed from the city under the ongoing cleaning operation organized by Lahore Waste Management Company. The target for the waste removal will be achieved by the evening of January 15th. In 2009, Rs 1.5 billion was being spent on cleaning Lahore. When the PML-N government awarded the contract to two foreign companies for cleaning the city, Rs. 7 billion was spent on cleaning in 2010 and in 2018 this expenditure reached Rs. 14 billion. In addition to the special grants given on special occasions, 320 million was contracted to these companies for 7 years and 70% of the payments were made in dollars, through SkillHip and Solomon & Co, to these foreign companies.
It should be noted that the sanitation system in Lahore is in disarray. Garbage piles have been piled up in the city, including Garhi Shahu, Dharampura, Islampura, Gulberg, Gulshan-e-Ravi, Sanda, Thokar Niaz Baig and many other areas of the Old Lahore. The stench is causing severe distress to local residents and passers-by.
The city’s main streets, intersections and alleys are littered with piles of dirt. In some areas the bins are full of rubbish and there is a pile of rubbish around the bins.
On December 18, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar took notice of the lack of cleanliness. Chief Minister Usman Buzdar was furious over the unsatisfactory sanitation situation and the Punjab Chief Minister took notice of poor sanitation arrangements in Lahore. CM Punjab said that the officers should have the garbage collected under their supervision and submit a report. Lahore is the heart of Pakistan and the heart should always be clean, there will be no compromise on sanitation arrangements.
Since the Punjab Chief Minister took notice, Lahore has been made even more dirty. The Chief Minister’s notice had no effect and Lahore was turned into a pile of rubbish.
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