RAWALPINDI: After the expiry of an agreement with the Turkish Albayrak company, the Rawalpindi Waste Management Company (RWMC) is all set to take over the cleaning system of the city on Wednesday (today).

The RWMC’s seven-year contract with the Turkish company expired on November 30.

Under the contract worth Rs8 billion signed during the tenure of the previous PML-N government in 2015, the Turkish company had taken control of the city’s sanitation system. The RWMC’s human resource department was the incharge of the management with the company having the transport fleet.

As the government did not extend the contract, the RWMC took over the charge of lifting garbage from the garrison city on December 1. RWMC Managing Director Awais Manzoor Tarar said a control room had been set up which will monitor the situation.

“In case of any complaint, citizens should contact our helpline number 1139.”

He said RWMC had taken over the cleaning system of all union councils. He said 1,436 sanitary workers of Albayrak will continue working to dispose of 850 tonnes garbage on a daily basis. More than 4,000 bins have been set up in the city while 210 vehicles will be used in the clean-up operation.

He said no compromise will be made on cleanliness of the city. “The city will have zero waste from today. All resources will be utilised for this,” he said.

“The best standard of cleanliness will be maintained in Rawalpindi. Cleaning is a responsibility for all of us. In order to maintain the beauty of the city, everyone must realise their responsibilities. Don’t dump garbage openly, use the bins and cooperate with our workers to make Rawalpindi clean and green,” he said.

RWMC Chairman Ajmal Sabir Raja said the government had asked the company to take over the sanitation of the city. He said the rights of the workers would be protected.

Published in Dawn, December 1st, 2021

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