2,763 workers to keep Peshawar clean on Eid day

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar Water and Sewerage Services (WSSP) on Sunday finalized Eidul Azha’s three-day sewerage operation plan for 65 union councils in Peshawar.

The plan was finalized in a meeting chaired by WSSP Director General Dr. Hassan Nasir. According to the plan, 2763 health workers would be on duty on the first day of Eidul Azha.

The company will collect the offal using 706 vehicles, 339 of which belong to the WSSP fleet, while 367 vehicles are hired for the biggest sanitation operation of the year in which more than 14,000 tonnes of waste is expected be collected and disposed of within 3 days of Eid.

A massive awareness campaign has been launched in the provincial metropolis to educate the masses about keeping the surroundings clean and disposing of offal in designated places.

Outreach teams liaised with 250 ulema and prayer leaders to sensitize the masses on proper waste disposal and avoid dumping trash in sewers, streets and canals.

Out of 2,763 employees, 1218 are sanitary workers, 943 Katta Qulis, 330 drivers, 118 helpers, 74 municipal inspectors and 78 supervisors.

Out of the total fleet, 113 Suzuki dumpers, 63 mini dumpers, 36 bicycle loaders, 149 small and large tractors, 39 road rollers, 63 excavators, 93 trucks, 27 armroll multi-loaders, 112 dumpers, 11 excavators would be used for offal and the waste the collection.

All area managers have finalized temporary transfer stations where waste would be collected from narrow streets and congested residential localities and then transported to the Shamshato landfill approximately 22 km from the city premises.

The waste would be fumigated and powdered lime would be used before covering it with soil at the dump site and transfer stations. A large pit was also dug to properly cover waste and offal at the landfill site.

Monitoring teams overseen by the Director General of WSSP, Dr. Hassan Nasir, comprising Directors General, Area Directors, Directors and Deputy Directors are formed for effective execution of the plan.

To allocate personnel and vehicles by zone, Zone-A will deploy 609 personnel and 192 vehicles. In Area-B, 723 personnel and 192 vehicles will be deployed to carry out the operation.

The company will deploy 746 employees and 159 vehicles in Area-C while 362 sanitation workers will collect waste through 93 vehicles of various sizes in Area-D. The newly created Zone-E will deploy 324 employees and 76 vehicles. The company should collect 12,818 tons of waste during three days of operation.

According to the plan, offal collection points would be washed down, fumigated while powdered lime would be used as a disinfectant to control the stench.

The company has already launched an awareness campaign in all union councils. Teams of community development workers hold corner meetings to raise awareness among the masses to dispose of litter at designated points. About 500 awareness banners are placed in every nook and cranny of the city with slogans to keep the city clean from garbage and the company’s hotline number 1334.

Ulemas, teachers, elders and people from all walks of life are mobilized to make the sanitation operation a success. “The role of the masses is vital in keeping the city clean,” Dr Nasir said.

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