LAHORE - Solid Waste Management (SWM) has failed to remove waste from across the City due to strike of sanitary staff, which not only multiplied the miseries of Lahorites after rain but also proved to be a stumbling block during rainwater draining out operation, a survey conducted by The Nation revealed on Monday. It was witnessed that most of the containers kept by the department for waste dumping purposes on various localities were full of waste while people continued practice of throwing waste of their houses and shops in these containers. Resultantly these dumpsters poured out and extra waste thrown by the people not only scattered around such containers but also started spreading health hazardous stench in the surrounding areas. In addition, already overburdened filth stations of SWM also filled with rainwater due to which, the waste started floating on the rainwater and falling in the drains and sewerage pipelines and it chalked the sewerage system of various localities. Resultantly, rainwater got stagnant on the roads and streets and started presenting the picture of ponds. Such stagnant water not only troubled the commuters but also wedged the residents of surrounding localities in their homes that could even not go out for many hours and also failed to reach their destinations timely because they were unable to cross such stagnant and stunk rainwater. However, on the directions of District Coordination Officer Sajjad Ahmed Bhutta, a special squad removed waste of some posh localities and major commercial areas including GOR, The Mall, Jail Road and Ferozepur Road. Meanwhile, dozens of sanitary workers of SWM staged a protest demonstration in front of the Punjab Assembly against the privatisation of the department. They, while carrying placards and banners were chanting slogans against the district administration and in favour of their rights. The sanitary workers were also demanding the government to restore the service of expelled workers of the department and withdraw the decision of handing over the department to Project Management Unit. The officials and sanitary workers were of the view that performance of the SWM was satisfactory and privatisation of the department was not fair.