PESHAWAR: The Water and Sanitation Services Peshawar (WSSP) on Sunday claimed to have disposed of 2,637 tons of garbage in parts of the provincial metropolis as thousands of sanitary workers performed round the clock duties and ensured cleanliness in their respective jurisdictions during the three Eid days.

According to a WSSP statement, the entire staff of the civic agency supervised by its chief executive officer Syed Zafar Ali Shah remained present on duty during the Eidul Fitr holidays and thus successfully wound up one of the mega operations.

It was stated that as compared to routine, waste generation ratio remained high on Eid due to movement of public. However, the WSSP had taken all possible steps for better facilitation and ensuring garbage-free city where a hotline number 1334 was made available round the clock for citizens to register their complaints. Besides, the company’s high-ups personally listened to the public complaints and also utilised the social media for public awareness and collecting complaints from different areas.

It was stated that scores of complaints were registered with the control rooms and thus timely action was taken to address the issues. The supervisory staff, including the company’s chief Syed Zafar Ali Shah, paid visits to different congested localities during the three days of Eid to ensure provision of essential services up to the satisfaction of the inhabitants.

The civic agency had earlier cancelled Eidul Fitr holidays of more than 5,000 sanitary, water supply, and the management staff by instructing them to ensure cleanliness and hygienic environment throughout the public holidays.

The zonal managers, supervisors and monitoring staff had already been instructed to take departmental action against the employees who remained absent during the holidays. However, those who performed outstanding performance would be rewarded accordingly.

It was stated that under the cleanliness and water supply plan, the beat system was ensured at public places, particularly family parks, Peshawar Zoo and at different food streets, which were visited by thousands of families.

The WSSP claimed that the container management system was also in place under the supervision of competent sanitary workers in order to fulfill the duties and keep the surroundings clean and tidy.

The WSSP statement said a total of 698 tons of waste was disposed of from zone-A, over 1,200 tons from zone-B, and 426 tons and 308 tons, respectively, from Zone-C and Zone-D.

In addition, the WSSP also ensured supply of water to consumers regularly during the holidays.

Published in Dawn, June 10th, 2019