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Trucks, tricycles meant for sanitation parked to rust

Trucks, tricycles meant for sanitation parked to rust

CHINIOT: Two trucks and 100 tricycles have been rusting at a Chiniot municipality warehouse since 2008.

The Chiniot Tehsil Municipal Administration (TMA) got a Rs74.3 million grant in 2008 from the World Bank through the Punjab Municipal Fund Development Company, a government organisation to regulate and disburse the donor funds to TMAs.

The grant was to be spent on a 15-acre landfill site, four trucks, 40 garbage containers, 200 carts and tractors and 100 tricycles.

Other items are being used by the TMA since then, two of the trucks and tricycles have been lying on the lawns of the Disposal Works office on Jhang Road. The trucks have yet to be registered with the Excise Department.

Most of the tricycles have rusted. Only a few can be made functional by changing their tyres.

A sanitary worker, Anayat Ali, says sanitary workers collect garbage more efficiently through handcarts than tricycles.

Tehsil Municipal Officer Imran Sindhu says the engineering department can better explain about the non-usage of trucks. He said they would give trucks to the regulation branch for anti-encroachment drives.

Mehr Zafar Ali, sub-engineer with the infrastructure and services, says most of the equipment provided in the grant are being used.

Even though the TMA staff had refused to receive tricycles after sanitary workers had objected to them, the TMA had to receive all items for it was compulsory to take over all items of the grant.

He said trucks were parked idle due to the shortage of drivers and garbage collecting workers.

Published in Dawn, December 23rd, 2015

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