Lahore - Punjab Police Inspector General Arif Nawaz Khan Monday asked RPOs, CPOs and DPOs to step up security of mosques and other worship places so that Eid processions would be held peacefully.

“Ban on hide collection by banned outfits be enforced at all costs while wheelie, aerial firings and other such troublemaking be fended off and security around cattle markets be enhanced”  the police chief said while holding a video link conference on security for Eidul Azha and Independence Day . He laid stress on paying special heed to recreational spots and parks.

 “The force should be vigilant. For the smooth flow of traffic, effective strategy should be adopted. The DPOs should personally supervise the situation, he said.  He added officials must not use mobile phone and in case of defying the directives, the cellphone be confiscated and a departmental action will be initiated.

He directed Rawalpindi police chief to take special steps to ensure security and smooth flow of traffic during EID days.  The IGP directed the additional IG of PHP to ensure effective patrolling on highways.

Accord for free education of policemen’s children

Separately, the provincial police and Aspire Group sealed a deal for free education of children of police employees. Under the agreement, the children of policemen can get education from institutes being run by Aspire across the province. Syed Umar Nazar Shah with other notables of Aspire Group were present.

Nazar Shah acknowledged the services and sacrifices of police for maintaining peace, saying:  “The police deserve recognition as they save the lives of people by putting their lives at and risk. The IGP reiterated the resolve to bring in reforms for welfare of families of police  “We are utilising all resources and such pacts will help the lawmen. Arif presented a souvenir to Nazar Shah and his team.

Sanitation plan

The Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) evolved a comprehensive plan to ensure sanitation arrangements for Eidul Azha.

The plan was disseminated by the Commissioner Lahore Division Asif Bilal Lodhi in a press conference here at LWMC headquarters on Monday. Deputy Commissioner Lahore Saleha Saeed, Secretary Cooperatives, Chairman and MD LWMC, WASA MD, Pakistan Railways DS, Lahore Cantonment Board CEO and Walton Cantonment Board CEO also were present.

According to the plan, LWMC would make extra ordinary arrangements for the quick disposal of solid waste on Eidul Azha emphasizing on pre and post Eid challenges. 

    Arrangements had been made in coordination with Turkish Contactors (M/s. Albayrak & M/s. Ozpak) with an aim to ensure exemplary cleanliness arrangements for the citizen.

     All the staff of LWMC would remain on duty during Eid days to provide efficient cleanliness services. The standard cleanliness activities will mainly focus on prompt collection, storage, transportation and disposal of animal waste during all three days of Eid. The Commissioner said that in order to manage animal waste, LWMC is going to distribute about 1.8 Million bio degradable waste bags in Lahore.

The waste bags would be made available free of cost in respective 296 UC Camps, Zonal Offices, Major Masajids / Eid Gahs. Similarly, for prompt collection of animal waste, LWMC would hire pickups two days before Eid for garbage bag distribution, awareness & waste collection. Over 3400 pickups would be hired for all of Eidul Azha operation and the staff would ensure the cleanliness of Ijtami Qurban Gahs by providing additional resources i.e. Pickups, Containers, Trolleys etc. In addition to containers, 121 temporary waste storage points for animal waste will also be established wherever feasible. LWMC will also collect animal waste from all private housing societies by establishing special collection points. Similarly, special cleanliness  arrangements will be ensured near and around Eid Gahs/Masajids.

    It was also requested to all religious clerics to sensitize public during Jumma and Eid sermons to cooperate with the LWMC and maintain cleanliness. LWMC would establish  296 Eid Camps in each Union Council to efficiently coordinate

cleanliness activities. A control room would be established in LWMC head office with special focus to coordinate collective operational activities. During Eidul Azha, the department will  use Arq-e-Gulab (rose water) for washing purpose to minimize

the smell of offals.

LWMC communication department would also launch a rigorous awareness program on electronic and print media followed by public service message display across the city and would install 18 model camps all over Lahore. MD LWMC Muhammad  Ajmal Bhatti urged the citizen to cooperate with the staff to maintain cleanliness.