Sikandar Haider


Cleanliness week observed by the Tehsil Municipal Administration could not serve the purpose, said the residents of various colonies of Dera Ghazi Khan.

The week-long cleanliness drive has completed by the district administration but heaps of garbage are present there and most of the city’s blocks remain littered with dirt and filth due to malpractice of the TMA staff.

“Railway Colony still seems to be one of the biggest depot of litter and filth. Those claim that cleanliness drive has become successful in the city need to take a walk around the Railway Colony, Railway Pully, Basti Sheik Wali, Sadiq Abad, Block 36 and Ghazi Park Road,” said Anfaz Raza Malik, a resident of Railway Colony.

The traders and residents of Ghanta Ghar Bazaar, Saddar Bazaar, Liaqat Bazaar, Faridy Bazaar, Qauid-e-Azam Road and TMA Goll Market expressed concerns over the situation.

“Removal of encroachment in front of the TMA office and linked markets was part of the cleanliness campaign but TMA has not taken any action against encroachment mafia. It has failed to discharge their duties,” said Absar Lodhi, the president of College Road Market Union.

He added that encroachers in the shape of stalls of fruits, vegetables, shoes and illegal parking by shopkeepers and rickshaws have occupied the markets, even it is impossible for the pedestrians to walk. Encroachments are not only creating traffic problems but also demagnetising the beauty of the city.

The residents of Faridabad Colony, Mastoi Colony, Nizamabad, and Model Town said that they were 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 customers and residents of Faridabad Colony have been facing the problem of overflowing gutter in front of Tower Branch MCB and main Jampur Road,” said Malik Khurram, a bank customer.

Litter, waste material of juice drink shops and other shops like plastic bags, wrappers, juice boxes and discarded packing material from fruit and vegetable crates are also a common sight in front between TMA office gate to Saddr Bazaar.

Khalil Bhatti, a worker, said the shopkeepers try to clean the pavements outside their shops only and litter was also constantly generated by juice drink shops and cart vendors.

The residents complained that anti-mosquito spray was also part of the cleanliness campaign but the TMA and the Health Department still had not carried out spray in the city for the elimination of mosquitoes as malaria is on the rampant in the city.