RAWALPINDI - The residents of Sadiq Town and Mumtaz Market have demanded of the Punjab government to install a water filtration plant in the vicinity to cater the need of clean drinking water.

A large number of residents of Mumtaz Market and Sadiq Town can been seen drinking contaminated water or buying water from tankers. They said installation of the water filtration plant at Sadiq Town or Mumtaz Market would make drinking water safe for them.

These two thickly populated areas fall under the National Assembly (NA) constituency of NA-52 and PP-9 of Leader of the Opposition in the NA, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and MPA Chaudhry Sarfraz Afzal respectively.

It is pertinent to mention here that Pubic Health Engineering Department had already built three water filtration plants at Ali Town, Jarahi and Dhama Syedan near Imambargah while the main water filtration plant is at Dhagal tube well that was constructed with special fund of Rs 10 million provided by MNA Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. However, the local leadership of PML-N has ignored the two areas thus annoying the tens of hundreds of residents.

Arshad, a resident of Sadiq Town and a jeweller by profession, said that they were facing acute shortage of clean drinking water since long but no body in the government paying heed towards the issue.

He alleged that the bigwigs of PML-N have installed three water filtration plants at selected places to favour their near and dear ones but had ignored scores of residents of these two localities.

He demanded of Punjab government to build water filtration plant here so that the inhabitants could get unpolluted water. Kaniza Bibi, a housewife carrying a water cane, said she had been awaiting installation of the filtration plant for long. She said that it was very difficult for her to carry water from far-off filtration plant while her children were suffering from abdominal related deceases because of drinking soiled water.

“The residents of other areas have an easy access to such facility, while in these two localities, water filtration plant has not been installed so far. Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif and Leader of the Opposition Ch Nisar should take notice of the issue,” Daud Khan, a transporter said.