Peshawar: The Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mr. Pervez Khattak has approved a comprehensive scheme based on most modern lines of the developed countries for the cleanliness, wastes and garbage collection, disposal and reprocessing in and around the Provincial Metropolis Peshawar.
While in the beginning the services of international firms will be hired for launching the scheme and training the personnel but none of the existing staff of the MC will be rendered jobless.
The Chief Minister directed Thursday to identify, select and acquire four sites each on the four corners of the City where the wastes so collected will not only be transported and dumped but disposed, reprocessed and converted into energy.
Thus, while acquiring such sites not only the present but the future requirements for all such processes at each of these sites will have to be kept in view. It will on the one hand avoid creation of traffic rash during the transportation of the wastes and garbage so collected while on the other hand minimize the carriage distance and so the costs.
As far as the services of international firms, it is aimed at hiring on the lines of what has been done for Lahore by the Punjab Government and WASA there under which the jobs of all the employees will be protected so that none of them is rendered jobless.
It has been principally decided that while the civic agency, the Municipal Corporation or whatever, it may be will continue to own its staff, workers and employees but in case some firm is hired it will acquire their (these workers) services on deputation, thus more financial benefits for these employees and that too at absolutely zero threat to their job security.
In this regard a high level meeting was held in the Pakhtunkhwa House Islamabad Thursday under the Chairman-ship of Chief Minister Pervez Khattak in which besides others Provincial Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Enayatullah Khan, Additional Chief Secretary Khalid Parvez, Secretary Local Council Board Attaur Rehman and Administrator Municipal Corporation Rasheed Ahmad Khan participated.
It was revealed at the meeting that the Provincial Government has already taken up the matter with the authorities of Cantonment Board who too are ready to join the scheme thus, once launched it will be an all encompassing processes getting the Peshawarities rid of the environmental hazards and restoring the ages old beauty and aesthetics of the historic city otherwise known as a living museum.
On this occasion a Turkish delegation led by the Chairman of OzPak J.V Mr.Muhibbi Kartal whose firm has been hired for such services in Lahore briefed the participants in detail about their works and services in Lahore.
They shared their experience with the participants of the meeting and put forward a number of suggestions for successfully launching the scheme on sustainable basis. They also offered their services for Peshawar.
It was informed that the Provincial Government has done a lot of home and spade works on the scheme and in view of the directives of the Chief Minister the program will be launched from the upcoming January.