LAHORE - District Coordination Officer (DCO) Noorul Amin Mengal has directed the administration of all towns to complete the survey of industrial units located in the residential areas of the City and ensure security measures like fire alarm, fire extinguishing equipments, entrance and exit ways, and tubewells in each industrial unit.

Chairing a meeting held at Town Hall on Sunday, the DCO said five teams, consisted of two persons, had been constituted in each town. He further said each team would collect data of industrial units and to make ensure the safety measures in the unit until September 30. He warned the factory owners that if safety measures were not until September 30 then strict action would be taken and FIRs would be get registered.  The meeting was attended by Assistant Commissioners, Town Municipal Officers, TO (P&C), Rescue 1122 staff, DO (Labour) and DO (Civil Defence).

Meanwhile, the DCO paid surprise visits to Sunday Bazaars of Taj Pura and Qaziabad to check the arrangements. He asked the customers about the problems they were facing in the bazaars. He also inspected the quality of fruits and the prices of essential items.

On the complaints of customers about substandard essential items at Taj Pura Ramzan Bazaar, he ordered to arrest Market Committee Secretary Tahir Abbass. He suspended building inspector Zahid Mehmood over substandard essential items at Qaziabad Ramzan Bazaar.

action against ‘missing officers’: Commissioner Jawad Rafique Malik on Sunday ordered stern action against those officers who had made a habit of not participating in anti-dengue meetings held in their towns.

Presiding over a meeting held to review anti-dengue arrangements at Wagha Town, the Lahore Division commissioner said prior intimation be given to all the officers concerned about the meeting and if anyone did not participate, a report be sent to the Commissioner Office so that departmental action could be initiated against that person.

The commissioner said the purpose of holding anti-dengue meetings in towns was to check related arrangements, mobilise administrative officers and rectify any shortcomings for dengue eradication. He also directed the EDO (Health) to keep sufficient stock of insecticides and maintain proper record of their utilisation. The commissioner directed the Wagha Town TMO and Chief Entomologist Dr Sajjad Dara to maintain a close liaison with the CDGL, Health and other departments concerned to solve any problem they faced.

Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) officers informed the meeting that 178 Android phones had so far been provided to the CDGL and other departments. Earlier, the Wagha Town administrator gave a briefing about anti-dengue arrangements.

Special Adviser to Punjab Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique that the presence of dengue larvae could not be ruled out in the rainy season and the detection of dengue larvae should be the target.

He said only administrative staff or health department could not control this menace; therefore, all segments of the society would have to fulfill their responsibilities. “If collective efforts were made for dengue eradication, the desired results could be achieved,” he added.

The meeting was also attended by MPAs Rana Tajammul Hussain, Mian Naveed Anjum and Waseem Qadir; Wasa, the PHA, the LWMC, and civil defence and education departments officers; and Emergency Response Committee members.