DERA GHAZI KHAN

Animal remains thrown during Eidul Azha have not been disposed of by the Tehsil Municipal Administration despite the passage of one week after the religious occasion.

The TMA has failed to dispose of the animal waste in the city, said the residents of various colonies of Dera Ghazi Khan. “The animal waste is hazardous to health and needs to be properly removed. Cleanliness is part of our religious teachings but the TMA workers are not doing their job in cleaning-up the city,” said a local resident.

According to the administration, the cleanliness drive had been completed successfully by the district administration.

But animal waste and heaps of garbage are still present in the city, the people said. Most of the areas remain littered with dirt and filth due to malpractice of the TMA staff, they added.

“Gaddai Union Council still seems to be one of the biggest depots of litter and filth.

Those claim that cleanliness drive has become successful in the city need to take a walk around the Railway Colony, Fareedabad Colony, Rukanabad, Hospital Colony, Mastoi Colony, Sadiqabad and main blocks of city,” said Shoukat Shah, a resident.

Many residents and traders and shopkeepers of commercial markets Ghanta Ghar Bazaar, Saddar Bazar, Liaquat Bazar, Faridy Bazaar, Quaid-i-Azam Road, General Bus Stand and TMA Goll Market expressed concerns over the situation.

They said that encroachment in front of the TMA office and linked markets still existed as the TMA had not taken any action against encroachers despite many complaints.

They added that encroachers in the shape of stalls of fruit, vegetables, shoes and illegal parking by shopkeepers and rickshaws have occupied the markets. Even it is impossible for the pedestrians to walk at Saddar Bazaar.

Encroachments are not only creating traffic problems but also hurting the beauty of the city. The residents of Faridabad Colony, Mastoi Colony, Nizamabad and Model Town said that they are facing problems of choked sewerage lines, overflowing gutters, acute shortage of drinkable water, heaps of garbage on the roads and streets. The streets often remain inundated with sewage, they added.

“It is very shameful for TMA that the citizens have been facing the problem of overflowing gutters in every urban union council, ponds of filthy water have taken the shape of ancient remains due to which the city has become the breeding ground for mosquitoes.” said Saeed Ahmed, a resident of Railway Colony.