Turkish company to lift garbage in Rawalpindi, Murree

RAWALPINDI: The Rawalpindi Waste Management Company (RWMC) and Al-Bayrak, a Turkish company, on Tuesday signed an $81.390 million contract to lift solid waste from Rawalpindi and Murree, and dump it at the designated landfill sites.The RWMC has recently been established to carry out solid waste management (SWM) services in the district with the motto “Think clean”. It took over existing assets, manpower, and machinery of Rawal, Murree, and Potohar towns last month. Under the contract, participants of the signing ceremony were apprised that the Turkish 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.The company would also perform mechanical washing of roads and carry out manual lifting of garbage. The contractor would be bound to establish SWM 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 waste is daily generated in the city, and only 65 percent is properly lifted and transported to the landfill site.Turkish Ambassador S Babur Girgin, who was the chief guest at the signing ceremony, assured extending all possible assistance to Pakistan in every sector, as being done in the municipal services and the transport sector. Turkey, he said, was ready to expand its municipal services and expertise to other provinces. He said that Turkey has made a great leap forward in achieving excellence to carry out municipal services on modern lines, terming clean environment an essential factor of attaining progress and prosperity. Turkish company’s Director Mustafa Al Bayrak said that his company has come to assist Pakistan in this important sector and not for doing business or making profit. Rawalpindi Station Commander Brigadier Zahid Ahmed Rana, DCO, Commissioner Zahid Saeed, Senator Najma Hameed, MNA Malik Abrar, MPA Sarfaraz Afzal, trade bodies’ representative Shahid Ghafoor Paracha, local leaders of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), including Jamal Nasir and Sharjeel Mir were also present on the occasion. 

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