LAHORE - A comprehensive, organised and transparent system of cleanliness, being launched in Lahore with collaboration of some Turkish companies, will bring a visible change in the city in just three months, said Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday.

“Lahore used to be a city of flowers and gardens. Now we will give it its previous beauty. The city will be made a neat and clean metropolis like Turkey’s Istanbul or other clean and developed cities of the work. It will also raise the living standards of the Lahorites,” Shahbaz said while addressing a function on the topic of “New Solid Waste Management City in Lahore”, held at Aiwan-e-Iqbal.

Shahbaz said that currently Rs2.5 billion were being spent annually on Lahore’s cleanliness. “However, due to the solid waste management’s problems, this new system is being introduced.

Technically, it is a comprehensive project and the latest machinery has been acquired for this purpose.” He said that a clean environment was a basic right of every citizen. “So, collective efforts are needed for the success of this new system.” The CM said that the Turk company had not come to Lahore to earn profit. “They came here on the request of the provincial government; they first lowered 10 million dollars and then hundred million dollars [from the bid].” He said that investment of billions of rupees had been made for the city’s solid waste management project.

The Chief Minister told the gathering an organised system of cleanliness had been evolved for the provincial metropolis. He said modern machinery for cleanliness had been acquired with collaboration a private company of Turkey. He also told them that after Lahore, the scope of the system would be extended to Gujranwala, Sialkot, Rawalpindi, Multan, Sargodha, DG Khan and Bahawalpur.

He said the Turkish government and its people helped Pakistan generously during the relief and rehabilitation of her flood affectees. “Close to 200 million dollars were sent by the Turks for the purpose.” Sharif further said: “Dictatorial filth, political garbage and trash in any form must be removed,” he added. Lahore Waste Management Company Board of Directors Chairman Kh. Ahmad Hasaan, Lesco Chairman Rafey Alam also spoke on the occasion.