rawalpindi - Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) under its campaign launched to check and disconnect illegal water connections from its areas has disconnected more than 159 illegal water connections while six truckload goods of encroachers have also been confiscated.

According to RCB spokesman, the water connections have been disconnected in Naseerabad, Kamalabad, Gawalmandi, Allama Iqbal Colony, Tench Bhatta, Saddar and Westridge areas.

The residents have been warned that stern action would be taken with imposition of heavy fines against those who would be found guilty in any such practice in future. Special teams have been formed to check illegal connections, he added.

He said the RCB has also confiscated six truckload goods from different markets in its operation against encroachments. The operation on the instruction of Cantonment Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Saima Shah has been intensified and efforts are being made to make RCB areas encroachment free, he added.

The operation is being conducted on daily basis while permanent and temporary encroachments are being removed, he informed. He said, encroachments were removed from Saddar, Bank Road, Kashmir Road, and other areas.

The shopkeepers have been warned not to encroach space on roadside and keep their goods inside the shops otherwise strict action in accordance with the law would be taken.      

Meanwhile, newly-elected Vice President (VP) Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) Malik Munir Ahmed took oath of office here yesterday. Station Commander, Rawalpindi Brig Syed Hassan Raza who is President of Rawalpindi and Chaklala Cantonment Boards administered the oath.

The oath-taking ceremony held at Station Headquarters Rawalpindi was attended by Additional Cantonment Executive Officer, Rana Rameez Shafqat and members of the board.

Speaking on the occasion, the station commander congratulated the VP and expressed the hope that he would take steps for the welfare and the development of RCB areas and resolve issues being faced by the residents.