A Pakistani delegation that is on a visit to the city on Wednesday said the private company involved in the garbage-lifting in the city needs to increase its resources for proper waste-management in the city.
The delegation that had come to the city from a Lahore-based waste management plant visited several areas in the city and took stock of the working of the civic body.
Senior administrative officer Wasim Azmal Choudhary said that there was a lot of scope for improvement in the waste management in Ludhiana. “There is a need for sanitation not only in a particular area but it should be trans-border because diseases related to sanitation do not see borders,” said Choudhary.
He said that the private company A2Z waste management that looks after garbage-lifting in the city should put in more resources and bring in mechanised cleaning system for proper sanitation in the city. “At present they are dependent on manual workforce,” he said.
“The company needs to increase the number of containers for waste collection in the city,” said Choudhary.
MC officials, including commissioner RK Verma, mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, senior deputy mayor Sunita Aggarwal, joint commissioner and chief of health and sanitation wing AS Shekon held discussions with the delegates after which they held a media conference.
Lahore-based waste management plant is run by a Turkish company that has resources worth $50 million. The plant is one of the best in Asia. Verma had also visited Lahore a month ago, during which he was briefed about the functioning of the plant.
The delegation came to India on the invitation of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal, who had visited Pakistan last year.
Choudhary said that roads in Ludhiana were wide enough and needed to be cleaned through automatic sweeping machines.
“We are delighted that they (delegation) came to our city and held healthy discussions with the MC officials. It will bear fruits in future,” said RK Verma.
The mayor said Ludhiana was on the way to become one of the cleanest cities in north India. “We have started the work and it would not be very far that our city will become so clean that people will cite it as an example” said Gohalwaria.
AS Shekon said that the guests have given several suggestions for better cleanliness of the city.