PESHAWAR/KOHAT: Water and Sanitation Services Peshawar (WSSP) has finalised a three-day Eidul Azha sanitation operation plan for 43 urban union councils of the provincial capital.

This was decided at a meeting chaired by the organisation’s chief executive officer Dr Hassan Nasir.

As per the plan, 2,602 sanitary workers would perform duty on the first day of Eid, according to a statement issued here on Sunday.

WSSP workers will collect offal through 566 vehicles, including 310 own and 253 privately-hired for the biggest sanitation operation of the year. Over 10,500 tons of waste is expected to be produced during the three days of Eid.

It was stated that 171 mini dumpers, 25 bike loaders, 20 small tractors, 108 large tractors, 42 compactors, 40 shovels, two trucks, 23 multi-loaders, 109 dumpers, nine excavators and 17 rickshaws would be used for offal and waste collection.

WSSP’s all zonal managers have finalised temporary transfer stations, where waste would be dumped after being collected from narrow streets and congested residential localities and then would be taken to Shamshato dumping site, some 22 kilometres from the city. The waste would be fumigated before being covered with soil at the dumping site and the transfer stations.

Monitoring teams supervised by CEO Dr Hassan Nasir comprising general managers, zonal managers, managers and assistant managers have been constituted for effective execution of the plan.

The offal collection points would be washed, fumigated while lime powder would be used as disinfectant to control stench.

About 500 awareness banners have also been placed in every nook and corner of the city inscribed with slogans to keep the city clean.

In Kohat, the Water Supply and Sanitation Company has canceled all the leaves of staff during the Eid days to ensure swift removal of waste of sacrificial animals.

Talking to reporters on Sunday, company’s communication officer Asma Ali said the sanitation staff would take offal from mohallas to the main dumping sites to be ultimately disposed of at the landfill.

She appealed to the people to place offal at their doorsteps so the sanitary workers could lift it easily. She said dozens of vehicles and handcarts would be used in the offal removal.

Published in Dawn, July 19th, 2021

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