RAWALPINDI - The Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) on Monday launched a crackdown against illegal water connections and disconnected 118 illegal water connections.

According to RCB spokesman, water recovery cell of RCB also fined the consumers using illegal means of getting water and causing inconvenience to neighbours.

He expressed the confidence that the operation would help ensure smooth supply of water in all parts of the cantonment areas and said it would continue till achieving the goal.

He was of the view that the illegal connections were one of the main causes of low pressure and water shortage. The RCB, he said, would launch a public awareness campaign for economical and hygienic use of water, plugging of leakages, controlling pilferage, improving water distribution and management system.

Meanwhile, the Punjab government is going to issue special Khidmat Cards to the disabled. In the first phase, these cards would be provided to the blind. District Officer, Social Welfare, Muhammad Aslam Maitla told a meeting held here on Monday.

He informed that Registration centers have been established at DHQ hospital Rawalpindi and all THQ hospitals at every tehsil to facilitate the blind.

The Social welfare department has started the registration of the blind from today. He said the duration of this campaign is 3 weeks. He urged all blind and their relatives to get themselves registered so that they could be facilitated by this programme.