Syed Muhammad Qaseem:

Once upon a time in the bustling city of Quetta, garbage heaps towered like forgotten monuments. The air was thick with the stench of neglect, and residents yearned for a cleaner, healthier environment. But hope glimmered on the horizon.

Under the visionary leadership of Chief Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti, Quetta embarked on an ambitious mission: to rid itself of the 1.5 million tons of garbage that had plagued its streets for far too long. The district administration rallied, and the battle against waste began.

The Great Cleanup

Heavy machinery roared to life as the Quetta Metropolitan Corporation (QMC) mobilized its forces. Garbage trucks, bulldozers, and street sweepers worked tirelessly, their operators fueled by determination. Day and night, they collected, sorted, and hauled away the mountains of trash. The city’s skyline changed—one discarded plastic bag at a time.

 Outsourcing the Solution

Chief Minister Bugti, with a stern gaze, announced a game-changing decision: starting in August, garbage collection services would be outsourced. Transparency would be the cornerstone. Public-private partnerships would bid for the honor of keeping Quetta pristine. The Finance Department nodded in agreement, ensuring timely salaries for the unsung heroes—the QMC employees.

The Audit Trail

But accountability mattered. An audit team scrutinized the past two months, tracing every rupee spent. Fuel expenses raised eyebrows—Rs. 70 crore vanished into thin air. The Anti-Corruption Establishment sharpened its claws, ready to pounce on any financial irregularities.

Eid-ul-Azha and Beyond

As Eid-ul-Azha approached, Chief Minister Bugti’s resolve intensified. No holidays for the QMC! Officers and employees canceled their leave, donned their gloves, and swept through the streets. Airport Road Cantonment Board area witnessed a transformation—the grime yielding to brooms, the chaos to order. Pashtunabad joined the movement, proving that cleanliness knew no boundaries.

Epilogue: A New Quetta

The meeting concluded with applause—a standing ovation for Commissioner Hamza Shafqaat. His vigilant supervision had birthed a cleaner Quetta. The city breathed easier, its residents smiling. The once-forgotten garbage heaps now whispered tales of redemption. And Chief Minister Bugti? He vowed to protect this newfound treasure—the city’s cleanliness—for generations to come.

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Quetta Voice is an English Daily covering all unfolding political, economic and social issues relating to Balochistan, Pakistan's largest province in terms of area. QV's main focus is on stories related to education, promotion of quality education and publishing reports about out of school children in the province. QV has also a vigilant eye on health, climate change and other key sectors.