The Sunday holiday of entire Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) work staff has been cancelled to ensure an effective cleanliness operation in the city.
According to reports, all officials and workers have been asked to keep working even during holidays until the operation is finished.
LWMC Managing Director Khalid Nazir said that a routine cleanliness campaign was held in the city during the past few days. However, some areas were affected by solid waste due to protests.
Due to the five days workers protested, there has been a backlog of waste in the city. In order to effectively tackle it, the company has engaged all of its resources to lift 12,500 tons of waste on a priority basis, he said.
More than 6,500 tons, in addition to routine cleanliness operations, has been lifted in the past 48 hours. The remaining 600 tons will be lifted in the next two days, he added.
In addition, out 550 selected points more than 220 have been cleared while the remaining are in the process of being cleared, he said. He maintained that by Monday evening, the city will be cleared from all sorts of excess waste.
Company’s General Manager Operations Sohail Anwar Malik said that they are exploring all possible means to ensure that solid waste is lifted from the city in a timely manner. In this regard, Turkish contractors have been directed to ensure that all staff and machinery are in the field, he said.
Jamil Khawar, LWMC spokesperson, said that more than 8,000 sanitary workers and 500 operational vehicles were in the field for the cleanliness operation. He added that the company is taking effective steps to ensure a proper, effective and successful cleanliness operation.