ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has decided to launch an anti-litter drive in the capital Islamabad from December 14 to discourage residents who dispose of garbage and junk in an ill-planned manner, and to raise awareness among the people to keep the city clean, it was learnt yesterday.
A CDA official said that the authority had finalised the arrangements for the anti-litter campaign in the capital and imposing fine on those disposing of garbage at unspecified areas, in order to help boost the efforts to keep the city clean.
The official said that according to the strategy finalised for the anti-litter drive, the campaign had been divided into five phases.
He said that over 800 workers of the sanitation directorate would clean the residential areas, markets and trade centres and lift the junk and garbage on a daily basis.
“The authority has decided that Rs150 to Rs400 fine would be imposed on those throwing litter. A vast publicity campaign through banners, pamphlets and messages on LED lights would be carried out during the first and second phase of the anti-litter drive” the official said.
“In the third and fourth phase, awareness material would be distributed in schools, markets and among passengers of vans and other commuters. Meanwhile, lime would be applied on different points to help eradicate the breeding of mosquitoes. He said that during the month of October, the sanitation directorate had issued notices to 963 persons and challaned another 232 people for violating the municipality bylaws,” the official said.
He said that in the fifth phase, the CDA with the help of district administration and police officials would extend the activities of the task force deputed for imposing fines across the capital to highlight the importance of clean environment.
Besides, field supervisors would submit their reports during the regular weekly meeting of the authority.
Furthermore, the sanitation directorate would be equipped with necessary sanitation machinery - road mechanical sweeper, garbage compacting and escape lifting - to clean the city as per international standards. He said that additional staff would be made available for the purpose.
CDA spokesperson Ramzan Sajid said the all efforts would be made to keep the city clean and green on priority.
Sajid said that the aim of imposing fines on violators was to highlight the importance of hygiene, as “it is our social responsibility to protect our environment”. He said that the residents of capital should join hands with the CDA to make it an exemplary city in terms of cleanliness.
Meanwhile, the residents of Chakra and surrounding areas in the Rawalpindi Cantonment Board staged a protest demonstration against dumping of garbage at unspecified places, saying that the sites were spreading diseases in the area.
Pir Abdul Shakoor Naqshbandi led the protest demonstration. The demonstrators were carrying placards and banners having slogans against the Cantt Board administration. The traffic was also blocked due to the demonstration.
Addressing the protesters, speakers said that the dumping of garbage of the entire city in the area was spreading diseases in the locality. INTERNEWS