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LAHORE: The Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) collected more than 33,000 tons of animal waste and offals during the first two days of Eid, says Managing Director Muhammad Ajmal Bhatti.

Speaking at a press conference here on Tuesday, he claimed that Eid-related cleanliness campaign started a night before (Chand Raat) and the company did exceptionally well to keep the city clean: it lifted more than 15,000 ton on the first day of Eid and 18,000 ton on the second day.

The MD said that during these two days, the company officials redressed nearly 13,000 complaints. Due to this performance, the chief minister announced an additional bonus (equal to 17 days of the salary) for the employees.

He added that the company made special arrangements for the occasion with the help of Turkish Contractors (Albayrak and Ozpak) to ensure cleanliness arrangements for the people of Lahore. All the staff of the LWMC remained in field during Eid days and the standard of the city cleanliness speaks for itself: prompt collection, storage, transportation and disposal of animal waste during all these days – followed by industrial perfume spray to minimise the odour.

In order to manage animal waste, the LWMC distributed about 1.8 million biodegradable waste bags in the city. The company also provided additional resources (pickups, containers, trolleys etc.) to the collective slaughterhouses.

The LWMC chief further briefed that all top government officials including commissioner, deputy commissioner and chairman of the company made frequent visits to every nook and corner of the city, the LWMC model and union council camps, distributed waste bags among citizens and monitored the whole cleanliness operation from video monitoring room of the company.

Mr Bhatti said he suspended few officials over negligence.

The company chairman, Riaz Hameed, said the chief minster was all praise for the company and announced a bonus equivalent to 17-day salary for all the employees.

Deputy Commissioner Saleha Saeed said the company’s performance during Eidul Azha had been exceptional. The district administration, she said, worked in close coordination with the LWMC.

Published in Dawn, August 14th, 2019