Lahore: According to news sources, the Punjab government has planned to transform the Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) into an independent organisation with the right to adopt regulations and ordinances. In this regard, the government has passed the Lahore Waste Management Authority (LWMA) Act-2021.

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After the legislation is approved, the LWMC would be split from the Municipal Corporation of Lahore (MCL), with increased enforcement powers provided to enforcement inspectors to deal with public cleanliness issues.

LWMC is now governed by MCL, and it derives the majority of its power in relation to public sanitation issues from MCL’s framework. Furthermore, after the LWMA Act-2021 takes effect, the authority will be able to develop standards, procedures, processes, and guidelines for the collection, disposal, and management of solid waste, as well as levy fees for registration, solid waste collection and disposal licences, and other services.

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According to the sources, when the act is approved, the CEO and the whole agency would have exclusive authority to establish rules and regulations, including the appointment of magistrates to address public complaints.

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