CM chairs meeting on municipal solid waste scientific disposal and energy management under WSSPSeptember 12, 2014
Peshawar: KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has asked Water and Sanitation Services Peshawar (WSSP) to divert utmost attention to performing the task of municipal services in befitting manner and especially improve the monitoring system in this regard.
He said that instead of outsourcing all the municipal services of solid waste and garbage disposal, sewerage, sanitation, water supply, street lights and other sectors to a single company or contractor, segregate them all and then outsource it to various expert companies so that justice could be done with all sectors and services and hence people could feel better changes in their surroundings in terms of municipal services.
He assured that provincial govt would keep WSSP from all kind of interference like that of Police department and would delegate all powers and facilities to it with the only condition of achieving 100% results and targets.
He was chairing meeting about solid waste disposal and garbage to energy plans under WSSP at his office in CM Secretariat Peshawar. The meeting was attended by Senior Minister LG & RD Inayatullah, Minister Mineral Development and focal person Peshawar Mega Projects Ziaullah Afridi, Secretary LG Hifz-ur-Rehman, CEO WSSP Engr. Mohammad Naeem, Administrator MCP Rasheed Khan, DG PDA Saleem Khan, head of Lahore Urban Unit Dr. Nasir as well as representative of World Bank and US-AID.
Chief Minister said that cent-percent targets of municipal services could only be achieved in private sector when the govt departments were also strong enough while we expected it from WSSP as well. He expressed the confidence that WSSP would achieve the goal of satisfying the dwellers of Peshawar and would change the face of provincial metropolis due to its outstanding performance in the coming months.
Engr. Naeem told the meeting that the process of monitoring would be further intensify for municipal services in light of the direction of the Chief Minister. He assured that no sanitary staff or municipal employees would be rendered jobless under the new autonomous body but instead they would be given more attractive incentives and salary package on hard work.
He revealed that garbage and solid waste would be purchased from municipal workers and drivers with a fixed rate in future that would cover the fuel and vehicle repairs charges while the more they work the more they would be paid.
He further revealed that besides ensuring round the clock cleanliness of the bazaars and streets of the city, the solid waste from the 5 canals passing from Peshawar would also be extracted while the comprehensive process of sewerage and sanitation would be started from the union councils falling between the GT road, Ring road and Charsadda road.
Similarly he said that a specific SMS code would soon be advertised and hence people would have to just identify the place of garbage and dirt or other municipal problems through text message that would be promptly addressed through the wireless and IT monitoring system and thus the cleanliness and other problems would be resolved within moments. He said that the forthcoming Eid-ul-Azha would witness this change of cleanliness with active cooperation of the citizens.
Similarly the portable water shortage problem in the city would also be checked on priority basis while Peshawarites would be given purified healthy water through testing and quality control in future.
The water rate would also be contracted while the faults in all the tube wells would also be removed on crash basis to ensure water supply to the 3 lakh households round the clock.
Pervez Khattak expressed satisfaction on the briefing. He said that it was impossible for a govt to do all things and provide all facilities to the citizens alone and hence the required targets only be achieved by involving maximum private investment in it.
He hoped that WSSP would emerge triumphant in obtaining its goals wherein such autonomous institutions would be expanded to rest of the cities in the province as well. Head of Lahore Urban Unit Dr. Nasir in his expert opinion on this occasion acknowledge that new system of municipal services in Peshawar was much better than Lahore and WASSA and hence the Peshawar model would be followed in other provinces to on its successful debut.