LAHORE - Officials of the Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) are converting various private as well as government's under-construction housing colonies into landfill sites unlawfully by throwing waste of the City in undeveloped plots and without the consent of the owners, insiders informed TheNation on Wednesday. The stench not only is causing massive nuisance for the residents of the surrounding localities but also becoming a constant threat for the health of the residents. But they seemed helpless in this regard because the authorities concerned are neglecting a serious issue of the City despite dozens of complaints submitted by the citizens. Moreover, most of them are dumping waste in some underdeveloped housing colonies situated in the outskirts of the City without prior approval of the authorities concerned of SWM, administrations of such colonies and without the consent of the owners of the private colonies only for their own convenience, the insiders added. They further said that these irresponsible workers always remain in search of some landfill sites in the outskirts of the City so that they could dump such waste in order to avoid long journey for reaching the government's approved dumping sites far away from the City. "The moment, they found any place suitable for dumping according to their view, they pull the liver of the container and dump the waste," they added. But, some officials are involved in selling waste against some money. Mostly the farmers and the developers are among the buyers of waste who use it either for cultivation purposes or for developing any housing project to fill an uneven piece of land. These workers are charging Rs 500 to 800 per truckload of solid waste from the buyers, they said. An official on request of anonymity said that the SWM was dumping waste in the housing colonies from decades and almost all of the modern colonies and housing schemes whether private or government owned were built on the land, filled with the waste of the City. "Apparently that was not a serious matter but in fact it was a serious issue because damaged underground water supply lines are contributing various fatal diseases like hepatitis, diarrhea and other abdomen-related diseases among the residents of such colonies silently", he concluded. When this scribe tried to contact Managing Director LWMC, Wasim Ajmal Chaudhry, he was not available to comment.