Wa­ter is no longer pure in ‘af­ford­able’ sec­tors of cap­i­tal

Drainage wa­ter seeps into sup­ply line

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES - 04:45 01:30 05:30 08:30 Fig­u­ra­tive draw­ing

The Na­tional Art Gallery (NAG) will or­ga­nize a work­shop on Fig­u­ra­tive and Con­cep­tual Draw­ing on May 16. An em­i­nent vis­ual artist Aleem Dad Khan will con­duct the three-day work­shop. Cer­tifi­cates would also be awarded to the par­tic­i­pants show­ing 90 per cent at­ten­dance, he added.

ZUBAIR QURESHI IS­LAM­ABAD—Res­i­dents of the Sec­tors I-9 and I-10, which are usu­ally con­sid­ered af­ford­able for mid­dle in­come fam­i­lies, have com­plained of faulty wa­ter lines and poor drainage sys­tem. They have lodged a com­plaint with the Chair­man of the civic agency, Cap­i­tal Devel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (CDA) with re­gard to poor per­for­mance of the San­i­ta­tion wing and Wa­ter direc­torate of the au­thor­ity.

A large num­ber of res­i­dents on Fri­day while talk­ing to Pak­istan Ob­server com­plained that due to the in­ef­fec­tive and in­ef­fi­cient staff of the Wa­ter Direc­torate and san­i­ta­tion wing sup­ply and san­i­ta­tion sit­u­a­tion in the sec­tor is turning worse. The rise in tem­per­a­ture has made the lives of the peo­ple all the more mis­er­able. Per­sis­tent power load­shed­ding, ab­sence of suf­fi­cient num­ber of wa­ter fil­tra­tion plants are usu­ally the ma­jor chal­lenges the res­i­dents of the sec­tor face every sum­mer. How­ever, this time an added anx­i­ety is the sup­ply wa­ter sit­u­a­tion. In ma­jor­ity of the houses, drains are choked for years and as a re­sult their wa­ter flows into the sup­ply lines and the res­i­dents are forced to use that im­pure wa­ter for cook­ing and wash­ing.

“The sit­u­a­tion is alarm­ing but nei­ther the CDA nor the newly con­sti­tuted Is­lam­abad Met­ro­pol­i­tan Cor­po­ra­tion is both­ered about the ‘smaller’ sec­tors leav­ing them to sort out things by them­selves,” said a no­table fig­ure of the sec­tor Mu­rad Shah.

Another res­i­dent Khadeeja Bibi was crit­i­cal of the civic au­thor­i­ties since they had failed, she said, in pro­vid­ing relief to the res­i­dents of the fed­eral cap­i­tal es­pe­cially those liv­ing in Sec­tors I-9 and I-10.

“We have lodged sev­eral com­plaints with the CDA against the ap­a­thy of the work­ers of san­i­ta­tion wing and wa­ter direc­torate call­ing upon the au­thor­ity to take them to task for not do­ing their job, but the CDA chief it seems is more con­cerned about the lives of those liv­ing in posh sec­tors than those liv­ing in smaller ones,” she in­sisted.

Hafeez, a lo­cal ven­dor in the I-10 Markaz also com­plained the civic agency was dis­crim­i­nat­ing against the ‘non-posh’ sec­tors tak­ing them as a part of Rawalpindi. “But we are very much part of Is­lam­abad; we pay our bills taxes and want to en­joy the same fa­cil­i­ties that the res­i­dents of ‘F’ se­ries sec­tors are en­joy­ing,” he said. There are a cou­ple of wa­ter fil­tra­tion plants for the Sec­tor 1-10 and they too lie most of the time dys­func­tional and wa­ter­less. More­over the drainage in the sec­tor needs a com­plete over­haul, as it has seeped into the pipes sup­ply­ing clean wa­ter. If CDA doesn’t take ur­gent mea­sures and re­solves the is­sue on war foot­ing, out­break of dis­eases hep­ati­tis B, C, di­ar­rhea, dengue and oth­ers is feared, said a vis­i­bly ir­ri­tated Hafeez.

Nafeesa Begum an el­derly woman liv­ing in the Sec­tor I-10 said she was on the verge of leav­ing the sec­tor as wa­ter is es­sen­tial for nor­mal and smooth liv­ing. If our chil­dren are not safe from the wa­ter-borne disease there is no point in liv­ing in Is­lam­abad’s com­par­a­tively af­ford­able sec­tor, she said. An of­fi­cial of the wa­ter direc­torate when con­tacted said the mat­ter is very much in the knowl­edge of the CDA but re­plac­ing old lines with the new ones is a gi­gan­tic task and re­quires proper plan­ning. How­ever, he said a de­ci­sion would soon be made in this re­gard.

May 16

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