RAWALPINDI - Polluted and muddy water is being distributed in mostly parts of the city. The concerned authorities are not taking action for the provision of clean drinking water.

People belonging to various walks of life expressed dismay over non-availability of the basic commodity in large parts of the city. The areas including Waris Khan, Khoti Bazaar, Jamia Masjid Road, Raja Bazaar, Amar Pura, Satellite Town, Commercial Market, College Road, Arya Mohallah, Dhoke Khaba, Umer Road, Nadeem Colony, Dhoke Elahi Bukush and some other localities are getting polluted water regularly.

A resident of Dhoke Elahi Bukush, Arshad Malik said that polluted water is being supplied.”We have to fetch clean drinking water from far flung areas to meet the daily needs,” he added. A household woman, Asma from Nadeem Colony expressed her deep concern that most of the budget is consumed on providing of water adding it is not only polluted but also expensive.

She said the water is not even useable for washing purposes. Another complainant, Naeem from Umer road said that due muddy and polluted water they had to purchase mineral water, which is very costly and unaffordable. On the other hand, Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa) has claimed that millions of rupees are being spent for the providing of clean drinking water and old pipelines is being replaced with the new ones to address the public issue.

Meanwhile, new cold wave system entered as temperature plummeting to below zero degree centigrade but gas shortage hit city again.

The residents urged the Sui Northern Gas Authority to take notice of the prevailing situation. The reopening of CNG filling stations has further aggravated the situation. The residents have no option to use alternate resources to meet their needs. Most localities in Rawalpindi on Sunday morning getting less gas pressure and for these reason housewives were unable to cook food. According to details, people residing at Committee Chowk, Dhoke Khaba, Umer Road, Dhoke Ealhi Bukush, Nadeem Colony, Arya Mohallah, Pirwadhai, Adiala Road, Bakra Mandi, Dhoke Syedan, Sadiqabad, Muslim Town, Dhamial, Qasim Market, Satellite Town, Chur, Allahabad, Chah Sultan, Asghar Mall, Pindora are facing worst difficulties due to low gas pressure.

People belonging to different walks of life said that they could not afford to buy food from hotels at higher rates in the absence of gas in their homes.

The prices of wood, coal and kerosene oil are also high. “We have no option but to protest on roads against the non-availability of gas,” they said. Saima, a housewife, said that public is facing problems.”We pay gas bills every month butin every winter we have to face difficulties. We cannot buy breakfast, lunch and dinner from restaurants.”

 Meanwhile, Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif will inaugurate Parking Plaza at Fowara Chowk Raja Bazaar to mitigate the suffering of the commuters.

Chief Minister Development and Monitoring Cell Chairman Sardar Nasim said that Chief Minister Punjab is taking keen interest in the development and beautification of Rawalpindi city. He said that many mega projects have been completed and a number of development projects are in the pipeline.

It was a mega project of Punjab Government who had allocated worth Rs 180 million for the construction of the plaza, Spreading over 4.5 kanals of land, the parking plaza have five storey and a basement and is located in the heart of the city on the crossing of Liaquat and Jinnah roads near Fowara chowk. 

The parking plaza, an initiative of the Punjab government to address parking problems at the commercial hub of the city was handed over to RDA and NESPAK prepared the project feasibility report and the PC-1.

On the other hand, the traders welcomed the construction of parking plaza at the busiest road hoping that it would help to address and mitigate the suffering of the commuters.