LAHORE – Lahore Division Commissioner Jawad Rafique Malik paid a surprise visit to the tyre-shredding points in Shalimar and Wahga Towns on Friday and witnessed the shredding process of old tyres taken into possession by the City District Government Lahore (CDGL).

TMOs of Shalimar and Wahga Towns, besides the officers of Health, Agriculture and Environment Departments and entomologists, accompanied the commissioner on the occasion.

The commissioner expressed his displeasure with the shredding of old tyres by small gadgets and hands, and directed the two TMOs to acquire large machines for the shredding of tyres and present a report in that regard in 24 hours. He also directed them to submit a report having completed the process of tyre shredding at the earliest.

The commissioner made it clear to the officers that any dereliction or negligence in connection with the anti-dengue campaign would not be tolerated, and any officer and official found guilty of that would be dealt with sternly. He also asked the officers to keep visiting tyre shredding sites without prior intimation.

Later, the commissioner accompanied by the Health Department staff raided a local motor workshop at Gulshan-e-Ravi and took into possession the used tyres containing ample number of dengue larvae. The Commissioner ordered to register an FIR under the Dengue Regulation Act against the owner of the workshop.

Speaking on the occasion, the commissioner said old tyres were the main source of dengue multiplication. “It is necessary for dengue eradication that the tyres are kept covered; while the old tyres are disposed of through shredding instead of incineration, so that the environment remains pollution free,” he added.

Meanwhile, Lahore District Coordination Officer Noor-ul-Amin Mengal said on Friday that the Anti-Dengue Campaign was continuing in all towns of the City. On Friday, Town Municipal administrations of all City towns adopted measures to eradicate dengue larva and remove water pots laying in graveyards.

The DCO said all graveyards of the City would be cleaned and made water-free within two days. “Citizens can come without any fear on the graves of their kith and kin on the day of Eid,” he added.

Mengal said the Anti-Dengue Campaign was also carried out in Aziz Bhatti Town where the TMO, along with employees of the Health Department and volunteers of the Civil Defense Department visited various graveyards of Union Council Nos 55, 58, 59, 60, 61, 45, 48, 43 and 41, and checked cleanliness arrangements there. The DCO further said water pots had been removed from the graveyards of these union councils.

Similarly, a survey of graveyards falling in the jurisdiction of Data Gunj Baksh Town was conducted.