LAHORE It is feared that rubbish heaps lying unattended in some streets and on roads in the provincial metropolis these days may cause a plague, as about half of the vehicles of the Solid Waste Management (SWM) are currently busy in the ongoing fumigation drive of the Health Department of City District Government (CDG) to purge the masses from the mosquito-borne diseases. A survey conducted by The Nation on Friday reveals that the SWM has failed to collect garbage from various localities while the rubbish strewn streets and roads are causing nuisance to the Lahorites. It is learnt that about half of the vehicles of the SWM are operating in the fumigation campaign of the Health Department of CDG, which earlier had requested the higher authorities to provide the Department with vehicles for the completion of the drive (started on April 2 and likely to be completed till May 5). Following the instructions of the CDG, the SWM provided 10 vehicles to the Health Department to complete the operation against dengue virus, but the SWM itself could not remove the waste, which is considered to be the major source of mosquito growth, from a number of residential as well as commercial localities as it gave its vehicles to the said department. The Health Department set a schedule of about one month for the anti-dengue campaign in 150 union councils of the City and fixed two days for spray of insecticides in each union council, which is in full swing nowadays. Further, the CDGL authorities completely focussed on the drive while ignored completely the garbage containers. However, the vehicles left behind with the SWM continued to collect garbage from the posh residential and commercial localities, a CDG official requesting not to be named said. He said that CDG higher authorities did not issue any instruction for removal of waste from backward localities. When contacted SWM District Officer Mudasar Waheed Malik said that the SWM provided the Health Department only those vehicles which were used for urgent operations on special occasions in the City including small cabin vehicles and loaders instead of providing them the vehicles used for garbage and waste lifting. He said that the Health Department could only achieve its target to complete a successful fumigation campaign only with the cooperation of the Solid Waste Department.