LAHORE: Punjab Senior Minister Abdul Aleem Khan has given one-week time frame to all Solid Waste Management Companies in Punjab to implement Zero Waste Policy. He directed that instead of dumping waste, SWM should adopt concrete steps to utilize this through recycling process.
He said that like developed countries from garbage multiple products like fertilizers, chipboards, hardware, various gases, electricity and other products may be produced which would also be helpful for the masses to have a clean and healthy atmosphere instead of having heaps there. Abdul Aleem Khan expressed these views while chairing a high level meeting on solid waste management and completion of construction work on orange train at 90 Shahra-e-Quiad here on Wednesday.
He said that dumping the waste in various places not only create pollution, contaminate ground water but also spread deadly diseases like Hepatitis and many others. He said that it is high time to prepare products by recycling these waste which will not only clean environment but also helps to generate funds.
The Senior Minister criticized the PML-N former government and said that a huge amount of 1.25 billion rupees had monthly been spent on waste management of Lahore city and despite working of 16 thousand employees desired results were not achieved. He said that only two companies were running these projects, now in future new companies will be hired on merit. The Senior Minister directed all the officers to visit field and personally monitor cleaning activities. He said that it is the responsibility of government to provide clean environment to the citizen at all costs.
Moreover, Abdul Aleem Khan also reviewed the status of pending construction work of Orange Line Train and ordered concerned departments to complete it in the shortest time. He said that cost of such expensive project is increasing day by day and the government has to complete this project at earliest for avoiding further loss.
The Senior Minister directed to commercialize all the stations of Orange Train to private companies, banks and others for advertisement purposes which will help to generate revenue.
He said that the Punjab government could not afford to pay heavy subsidy on Orange Line Train, permanently. He said that former government did nothing but only made money through commission mafia in these white elephant projects. He directed LDA and district administration to complete this in short span of time.
DG LDA and Deputy Commissioner Lahore briefed the participants on this project and assured that work would be completed accordingly.