The provincial government made an effective cleanliness arrangements in all parts of Punjab and set a new record of cleanliness by ensuring zero waste across the province. Despite the rains and floods, thousands of officials from waste management companies, provincial and district administrations, working day and night on the instructions of Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, disposed of millions of tonnes of offal and waste, says a spokesman for the Punjab government.
Operation Clean Up, which began at 5 am, used thousands of tractor-trolleys, other machinery and trucks for cleaning and lifting of waste. During Eid days, comprehensive arrangements were made to remove the carcasses and dirt of the sacrificial animals.
Punjab Local Government and Community Devel-opment Department has activated the provincial as well as all District Control Rooms for effective monitoring of cleanliness arrangements on Eidul Adha. The control rooms are monitoring the ongoing 24-hour cleaning campaign across the province on Eid days so as to immediately ad-dress the grievances of the citizens.
The officers and personnel of the local bodies de-partment also remained in the field. Complaints can be lodged on WhatsApp number 03314991728 if the remains of animals are left unpicked in any area of Lahore. Similarly, special WhatsApp numbers have also been issued for all the districts of Punjab province.
In addition to, the CDA in the federal capital Is-lamabad, 3,700 Waste Management Authority per-sonnel were on duty in the twin cities of Rawalpindi-Islamabad. Special ‘Eid Awareness Camps’ were set up to train and assist the citizens while ‘Waste Bags’ were also distributed among the citizens. Sanitation operation also continued in 10 wards of Rawalpindi Cantonment Board.
A special helpline was set up to help the citizens, while the citizens could also raise their grievances through WhatsApp and SMS.
In Lahore, the Lahore Waste Management Authority and other relevant agencies developed a joint strategy.
In Lahore, 110 places were allotted for timely dis-posal of waste while 1243 pick-ups, 155 trolleys and dumpers were used for lifting the garbage.
Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shahbaz Sharif had directed that no distinction should be made between special and general areas in the cleaning operation and the operation should be carried out on equal footing. Work was done in three shifts for the 24-hour clean-up operation. The target of 100 percent cleanliness was achieved on the first day of Eid due to complete cleansing of 100 percent area of the city on moon night. More than 2,000 tons of garbage was picked up in Lahore on a moonlit night. The Punjab Chief Minister had directed that more machinery, manpower and resources be used as compared to last year.
Garbage bags were also provided on time and in large quantities. Due to effective monitoring of Op-eration Clean Up, 44,529 tons of waste was picked up and destroyed during Eid days. Effective ar-rangements were also made for registration of com-plaints to make the clean-up operation a success. A total of 5382 complaints were received on Helpline 1139 and the LWMC resolved all the complaints.