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A pilot sanitation project is about to begin in Lahore, Pakistan
The project will involve door-to-door waste collection and the daily cleaning of major roads and streets in some areas of the city, using 600 new, imported items of equipment. It is the first time that such a service has been implemented in the country. The Lahore Waste Management Company will initially provide the service in 16 union councils of Data Gunj Bakhsh and Gulberg Towns and if successful, the service will be rolled out in other parts of the city over the next six months.
The 600 new machines include mechanical waste collectors, waste dumpers and mechanical waste sweepers. Pakistan Today reports that the services will include the provision of free waste collection bags to all residential and commercial consumers within the designated union councils, door-to-door collection of waste bags each day, the installation of 5000 new waste containers and the mechanical cleaning and washing of roads, pavements, underpasses, squares and green belts.
For first four months of the project, LWMC will provide these services for free and after this, charges may be made depending upon how much it costs to implement the service and just how much the residents and businesses can afford to pay for it.
The work has been outsourced to Turkish contractors Ozkar Tallar and Al-Bayrak.
Pakistan Today reports that last December, LWMC started this project in six areas of city including Township, Gulshan Ravi, Mohni Road, Tajpura and Qila Lakshaman Singh, using customised rickshaws to collect the waste. A similar project was also started in Barkat Market Garden Town in January.
Prior to the launch of this latest project, the LWMC started a publicity and awareness campaign to familiarise the public with the new procedures.
This included what is being described as graffiti on 32 walls of the 16 Union Councils and the distribution of leaflets.
23rd February 2012