WMC holds awareness walk on cleanliness, pollution

RAWALPINDI: The Rawalpindi Waste Management Company (RWMC) on Thursday held a walk to create awareness among the masses about ensuring cleanliness in society and getting rid of the environmental pollution.The walk was organised in connection with the 'World Environment Day' observed across the country like other parts of the world, which started from the Commercial Market Children Park and culminated after taking round of the recreational area. The walk was attended by RWMC Chairman Raja Hanif, Managing Director Irfan Qureshi, Secretary Mudassar Chaudhry, Development and Monitoring Committee Chairman Sardar Naseem, Member National Assembly Taihra Aurangzeb, Rawal Town Additional Deputy Collector and Administrator Imran Qureshi, Member Provincial Assembly Malik Iftikhar Ahmed, Pakistan Green Task Force Chairman Jamal Tasir, Al-Bayrak's Operation Manager Muhammad Usman, Assistant Manager Operation Sadia Anwar, municipal officer Sardar Tashfeen, Anjuman-e-Tajran President Malik Shahid Ghafoor Parachi, and people from all walks of life.The participants were carrying banners inscribed with slogans highlighting the importance to keep the surroundings clean and pollution free. Hanif said that the RWMC had signed $81million contract with the Turkish company to lift the solid waste from Rawalpindi and Murree, and dump it at the designated landfill sites. Under the contract, he said, the company would collect, remove, and transport solid-waste to the designated disposal sites, besides carrying out mechanical sweeping of main roads, streets, squares, and public places with vacuumed vehicles. He said that the company would also perform mechanical washing of roads and carry out manual lifting of garbage, adding that the contractor would be bound to establish the solid-waste management system in 63 union councils (UCs) of the city, and a UC of Murree according to a four-phased work plan within nine months after the signing of the agreement. After the seven year contract, the Turkish company would handover all the machinery to the RWMC.According to reports, around 1,000 tonnes of waste is daily generated in the city, and only 65 percent is properly lifted and transported to the landfill site. 

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