LAHORE – Indian Punjab local government would sign a consultancy MoU with LWMC in next 14 days after approval of Federal Government of India for final endorsement.

This was disclosed by Managing Director Lahore Waste Management Company while addressing the media men in a ‘meet the press’ programme held at the office of LWMC on Sunday after his visit of Indian Punjab last week.

Indian Punjab’s Deputy Chief Minister has directed Commissioner Ludhiana to prepare feasibility for establishing Indian Punjab Waste Management Company (IPWMC) in a month’s time replicating the successful model of LWMC, he added.

A three member delegation of LWMC completed its 5 day visit of Indian Punjab on Friday, after observing SWM systems in Indian Punjab and discussing collaboration opportunities between LWMC and various cities of Indian Punjab. The delegation went on special invitation of Indian Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. The delegation visited Amritsar, Ludhiana, Jalalabad, Jalandhar and Chandigarh to see the existing solid waste management system in these cities. The Mayor and deputy Mayor of Jalandhar, Amritsar and Ludhiana were present on the occasion along with Commissioner and deputy Commissioner of Amritsar in the meetings held there.

In a high profile meeting with LWMC delegation, Sukhbir Singh Badal announced the beginning of formal documentation on MoU arrangements. He said that Lahore was an exemplary city as far as the improved SWM practices and services were concerned. He appreciated LWMC’s speed and dedication in bringing about a positive change in Lahore’s condition. He said he was quite moved to see IT based solutions in waste management system of Lahore. He further praised the company formation as a sign of institutional innovation, induction of highly experienced and professional staff in LWMC and heavy reliance on using modern sweeping washing machinery by the company. The landfill site proposed and in construction at Lakhodair in Lahore was specially appreciated by all Indian experts present there.

In this meeting all local government secretaries, commissioners, assistant commissioners and experts of solid waste management from Indian Punjab were present. The meeting was followed by a joint press conference by MD LWMC Waseem Ajmal Chaudhry and Indian Punjab Local Government Principal Secretary Jagpal Singh Sandhu.  LWMC delegation also visited Jalandhar Bio-Methane Plant and termed it replicable in Lahore and other cities in Pakistan. The LWMC experts went in particular areas of Ludhiana to seek general public’s feedback on private contractors’ services. The delegation also observed the sweeping, collection and transportation of solid waste. LWMC delegation also visited Punjab Agriculture University Ludhiana and Chandigarh Research Center for Rural and Industrial Development.   

MD LWMC has termed this visit a major breakthrough in formulation of MoU between LWMC and Indian Punjab’s local government. “We are looking forward to strengthen the ties between Indian and Pakistani Punjab through this consultancy service. These visits will also help experts on both sides in sharing knowledge on environmental subjects as well as solid waste management to improve the overall conditions of cities in both countries”.