RAWALPINDI - Decision has been taken to hand over sanitation and solid waste department of district Rawalpindi to private sector on contract basis. .

In first phase the contract of sanitation department will be awarded for five years and it will be made binding on the contractors to induct new machinery and staff and introduce modern system of sanitation.

It has also been learnt that the existing staff will continue to work in the capacity of government employees.

 Five different national and international companies had expressed interest in obtaining contract and two among them were not found upto the mark by the provincial government.

The contract will be awarded on the firm among the remaining three firms in accordance with contract bylaws. The process of scrutiny is continuing in respect of these three firms and a committee comprising chairman planning and development, secretary local government and secretary finance will take final decision about awarding the contract which will be sent to the DCO Rawalpindi for his approval.

Carrying solid waste and garbage in open containers and vehicles through the city will be banned. Closed containers will be placed in streets, alongside roads and at public places to collect garbage.