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LWMC launches citywide cleanup campaign

By Our Correspondent
December 10, 2023

LAHORE : The Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC), in response to the strict directives of caretaker Punjab Chief Minister, was actively engaged in a comprehensive citywide cleanup initiative.

Under the supervision of LWMC CEO Babar Sahib Din, operational teams were working round the clock in three shifts to dispose of construction and demolition materials, along with addressing general waste concerns.

LWMC workers can be seen cleaning the streets on October 18, 2023. — Facebook/Lahore Waste Management Company
LWMC workers can be seen cleaning the streets on October 18, 2023. — Facebook/Lahore Waste Management Company

As per directions of the CEO LWMC, a grand operation regarding washing of VVIP/Main roads continued on Saturday. In this regard, Moulana Shoukat Ali Road, from Showk Chowk to onward was being specially washed and mechanically swept using detergent and wipers.

Also a grand operation was launched in the area of Johar Town by the Town Manager Usama Khan on the special instructions of the CEO LWMC who has directed to made the locality a free zone from construction and demolition waste.

CEO Babar Sahib Din personally inspected various areas to assess the efficacy of LWMC's operational teams. Emphasising the significance of the cleanup plan, he highlighted its initiation based on the caretaker Chief Minister's instructions to manage construction debris disposal effectively.

The ongoing implementation of this plan targets the clearance of 470 open plots, 206 debris points, and 378 identified sour points. Significant progress has already been achieved through this special cleaning operation, resulting in the clearance of 258 open plots, 92 debris points, and 329 sour points.

Instructions have been issued to owners of under-construction buildings and plazas to responsibly dispose of debris. Since December 1, 117 FIRs have been filed against individuals involved in the improper disposal of debris, including throwing it on roads and setting fire to garbage.

LWMC spokesperson reported that CEO Babar Sahib Din conducted reviews at key locations such as Shadman Temporary Collection Point, Mental Hospital, Shah Jamal area, Foreign Affairs Office, Service Lane Canal Road, and Metro Train Stop High Court Chowk.

Immediate instructions were given for the disposal of debris in these areas. Additionally, operational work in Haji Camp, Baba Ground, Data Darbar, and adjacent areas was closely scrutinised. To ensure a swift and effective cleanup, all identified points were slated to be zero-wasted within 48 hours.

The LWMC's enforcement wing has been directed to intensify efforts against illegal dumping of debris on roadsides, with ongoing actions against violators under Section 188.

CEO Babar Sahib Din urged citizens to cooperate with LWMC staff, refrain from illegal dumping and report cleanliness-related complaints and suggestions through the LWMC helpline at 1139 or via social media.