The dilapidated building of Govt Vocational Training Institute (VTI) for Women Chawinda, which is non-functional since its establishment about 15 years ago, has become a safe haven for stray animals and addicts as it has been turned into a cattle den by grabbers.

The influential grabbers had turned the building into a cattle den for the last several years. It has not yet been retrieved by the district administration despite the repeated appeals made by the local people.

The institute was established by then Punjab Chief Minister Ch Pervaiz Elahi to provide technical education for female students at local level. But unfortunately, it has not yet become functional due to some unknown reason. The staff deputed there has been getting salaries without doing any sort of duty there with the alleged malpractice of the officials concerned.

Thieves have taken away all the wooden and iron windows, doors and furniture from there. Local farmers tie their animals including donkeys there.

Local social, political, educational and religious circles have expressed grave concern over the nasty situation. They urged Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to take serious notice of the situation.

Govt Vocational Training Institute for Women has been converted into the cattle shed for several years as the influential people using its empty building as their cattle shed. It is situated in the electoral constituency (NA 114 Pasrur) of Zahid Hamid, former federal minister.

Local people demanded early retrieval of VTI Chawinda building from the illegal occupants besides ensuring its early functioning. The classrooms have become filth depots with the wastage of cattle being tied their by local people. Due to poor planning, classes could not be started since its establishments as the authorities concerned remained unable to appoint any teacher.

On the occasion, some local people said that the local females were deprived of vocation training facility as it had been converted into a cattle-shed.

About two years ago, then DCO Iftikhar Ali Sahu had visited the institute along with local journalists. He had expressed grave concern and dismay of the miserable situation. He had ordered District Monitoring Officer Aamir Raza and Assistant Commissioner Tauqeer Ilyas Cheema to ensure early retrieving of the official building but to no avail.

When contacted, DMO Aamir Raza said that the matter falls in the jurisdiction of Tevta and his department is not responsible for it. Tevta officials were not available for their comments on the issue.

However, DCO Nadeem Sarwar said that he had ordered strict departmental probe against the officials of TEVTA and district administration. He said that all the persons responsible would be brought to book. He said official building would retrieve and made functional at earliest.