RAWALPINDI - The improper collection of garbage during cleanliness drive launched by City District Government Rawalpindi (CDGR) is testing the nerves of the residents of Kuri Road, Muslim Town, Band Khana Road and Sadiqabad.

The trucks and trolleys being used by the workers of Solid Waste Management Department are spreading garbage on the main roads creating foul smell in the areas while a great danger for the motorists who can meet with a horrible accident any time in a bid to avoid slippery area of the roads.

It seems that CDGR, which launched cleanliness drive half-heartedly on the directions of Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, has failed to transport garbage of the residential areas safely to land-fill site. The locals are up in the arms against CDGR accusing the officials of turning a blind eye towards their areas filled with heaps of garbage.

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Mateen Khan, a shopkeeper at Muslim Town, told TheNation on Thursday that trucks lifting garbage have been leaking badly because of which all the garbage spread on the road causing huge troubles for road users. He said that since morning not a single customer came to his shop to buy daily use items as people scared from crossing mud-covered road. He appealed the authorities concerned to clean the dirty roads.

“We have to walk over mud covered road to reach school or go back to home. Our uniforms ruined owing to muddy road,” said a group of students whose neat and clean uniforms were full with black mud spots.  

“Stench of garbage on road has made our lives miserable whereas no body is paying heed on our complaints. My little children can not go outside from home as they may fall over the dirty mud” said Shan Sarwar while pointing towards garbage heaps on road near his house at Band Khana Road.

District Coordination Officer (DCO) Saqib Zafar, when phoned by this scribe for his comments, said that sanitary workers daily sweep the roads. When told about the roads filled with mud, the DCO said that he would probe into the matter and would take necessary action to avoid such troubles in future.

Meanwhile, Municipal Services Department claimed of lifting 8000 tons of garbage during its ongoing cleanness campaign in the city. A total of 4000 tons of garbage have been lifted from three plots located at Potohar Town, two plots in Rawal Town while 23 union councils have been cleaned properly.