RAWALPINDI - Skyrocketing increase in water charges by the Rawalpindi Cantonment Board has sparked resentment among citizens.

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The board has issued notification with regard to revised water charges.

Water bill per month has been increased from Rs160 to Rs200 in respect of 5 marlas houses, from Rs 240 to Rs 300 in respect of 7 marlar houses, from Rs300 to Rs400 for 10 marlas houses, from Rs400 to Rs500 in respect of 15 marla houses, from Rs 500 to Rs 650 in respect of one kanal houses and from Rs650 to Rs750 in respect of houses with area of more than one kanal.

Water charges for commercial use have also been enhanced. Rate has been raised from Rs650 per month to Rs 1000 for bakeries and from Rs 2500-5500 to Rs 3000-7000 for service stations.

The residents of cantt areas have rejected the raise terming it unilateral and anti-people. The residents have demanded immediate withdrawal of the recent whopping increase in water charges otherwise they will be forced to hold protest rallies.

Surge in street crimes

Street crimes have escalated in the area of RA Bazaar causing many concerns amongst the residents while police are acting like a silent spectator.

The inhabitants complained that muggers were roaming freely in the area and snatching valuables from the residents especially in Tanch Bhatta, Peoples Colony and Chungi no. 22.

The residents have demanded of CPO Rawalpindi and other concerning authorities to take strict action against the rising incidents of street crimes and also take action against the negligent attitude of the RA Bazaar police.

Encroachment

Vendors have encroached on footpaths in different commercial areas of twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, creating problems not only for the pedestrians but also in the smooth flow of traffic.  The shopkeepers and vendors at Karachi Company, Aabpara, Faizabad, Bhara Kahu, Raja Bazaar, Commercial Market, Double Road and adjoining bazaars, have encroached on the footpaths. Shopkeepers display goods on pavements while vendors put up stalls on footpaths, forcing pedestrians to walk in the middle of the roads.

Residents complained that crossing the roads was very difficult for them because all footpaths had been covered with illegal encroachments.

Clean Islamabad campaign

The phase-wise Clean & Green Islamabad campaign of Capital Development Authority (CDA) would be launched in sector G-9 of the federal capital today (Thursday) after successful accomplishment in sectors I-10, G-10 and G-11.

The campaign would continue for three days. Chairman CDA, Syed Tahir Shahbaz along with schoolchildren, traders, NGOs, residents of the G-9 and officers/ officials of CDA would participate in the campaign at Sanitation Site Office green belt, Neelum Road, G-9/3 at 11:00am. The CDA chairman ordered ensuring their presence in G-9 Camp Office. He has requested residents of G-9 for cooperation with CDA to make the campaign successful.