ISLAMABAD (APP) – The Sanitation Directorate of Capital Development Authority (CDA), under its ongoing campaign to make Islamabad ‘litter free’, has issued over 3000 notices to the residents on wastage of water and throwing litter on streets, roads and recreational spots.
The Directorate has issued 574 challan, out of which, 300 cases has been sent to Magistrate while around 200 are in the pipeline, Director Sanitation, Captain Faiz Mohammad told APP. He said anti-litter drive was launched in May this year on directives of CDA Chairman Imtiaz Inayat Elahi to maintain beauty and preserve green character of the city.
Under the campaign, awareness raising camps and rallies are being arranged urging citizens to clean all streets, roads, green belts, business centres and recreational spots of the city. Littering in Islamabad is crime under clause 5 of CDA Environment Protection Regulation 2008 and violators can be fined from Rs 50 to Rs 300 on the spot which will be imposed after Eid. He said the Chairman has directed the Sanitation Directorate to devise a mechanism for imposing fine with the help of Enforcement Division and arrange training of the staff members for the purpose.
The Directorate has placed over 3000 dustbins in the city and 500 more will soon be placed soon, Captain Faiz said.
He said the Sanitory helpline ‘1334’ working round the clock has received over 2500 complaints regarding sanitary issues in the first two week of the current month.
The helpline receives four types of complaints regarding wastage of water, garbage collection, sewerage system and wall chalking.
He said one instructor and five supervisors one each for sub-sectors and one for markaz were deployed in every sector for looking after the sanitary issues. All the complaints are addressed on fast track through wireless system and the record of addressed complaints is maintained in a proper way, he said.
Director Sanitation said the minimum time period to address a garbage complaint is 30 minutes while the team deployed in every sector also address wall chalking complaint in minimum time.
However, the sewerage complaints are passed on to Maintenance Directorate which is responsible for ensuring proper sewerage system in the city.
Giving details of the campaign, Captain Faiz said CDA Sanitation Directorate has issued several reminders to residents to keep dustbins at homes for garbage instead of throwing it outside their homes or hand over it to the sanitary worker or throw it in the garbaers.
Before closing the shops at night, clean it and put the garbage bag outside the shop and throw your homes’ extra construction material at CDA’ reserved spots.
The citizens must make sure that their home’s sewerage and drainage pipeline is linked with CDA’s main line and avoid wasting water in streets and roads and use bucket for car wash instead of pipe.
Wall chalking is an offence to the city so do not paste posters and advertisements on walls, he said.