ISLAMABAD-The Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad public-assisted drive to remove filth from nullahs has entered into second phase and tons of the filth has been lifted from different areas in the first phase.

During the last week, the cleanliness of nullahs under ‘Clean and Green Pakistan’ initiative was carried out in collaboration with COMSATS University in G-6 and G-7 sectors, MCI Director Sanitation Sardar Khan Zimri said. Now, the campaign would move to F sectors, he added.

Zimri said that the Sanitation Directorate had involved local government representatives of respective union councils to ensure maximum public participation to make the campaign a complete success.

He said that students from various universities and non-government organizations had approached the sanitation wing to join MCI to ensure cleaning of the city’s nullahs.

Zimri said that population on the edges of the nullahs was major source of polluting these streams.

To a query, he said that the formation had placed dumpsters of various sizes in slum areas of Islamabad and its teams were educating the dwellers to use those facilities to avoid the littering in nullahs.

He said that the MCI had submitted a proposal for imposing fine of Rs500 to Rs1,000 on littering and hoped it would be approved soon, adding that this initiative would help discourage open dumping of solid waste in the capital.

To another query, Zimri said that the water of streams could be made useful for domestic purposes but the only sewage treatment plant in sector I-9 was receiving only five million gallons per day. He said that the plant had an actual capacity of filtering 17 million gallons daily but poor and dilapidated pipelines were hampering smooth and full flow of those streams.

The proposal for the maintenance of those pipelines had been submitted time and again but it could not be approved due to paucity of funds, he added.