Islamabad - Residents of Bhara Kahu have called for taking urgent and practical steps to ensure sanitation and cleanliness in their locality.

They said that heaps of garbage in Bhara Kahu are directly causing certain diseases and environmental pollution. The unhygienic conditions are also affecting children who play at open places.

An old citizen Shafaqat Ali demanded of district administration and civic body to check and monitor cleanliness staff in Jhuggi Mor, Bhara Pul, Simli Dam Road, Athal Chowk, Nai Abadi and Dhok Jilani.

Imtiaz Rasheed Niazi, a resident of Col Amanullah Road, said that her children do suffer from diarrhoea “very often” due to contaminated underground water. “There are no filtration plants and proper sanitation system in our area,” she added.

Highlighting importance of cleanliness, Executive Director Polyclinic Hospital Dr Zahid Iqbal said that 90% of communicable diseases are caused due to unhygienic environment and the majority of cases are reported from rural areas. During the last year, most of the viral fever cases in the capital were reported from rural areas, he added.

Kasif Abbasi, a shopkeepers in Bhara Kahu, said the putrefying smell from the heaps of garbage, sometimes put on fire, is totally unbearable.

An elderly resident of the locality, Abdul Rasheed Niazi said, “Due to lack of a solid waste management system, rural areas are the worst affected. Heaps of garbage, somehow, have become breeding grounds for bacteria, viruses, flies and mosquitoes,” he said.

A senior official of district administration said people in these areas were used to dump the solid waste at improper places despite availability of dustbins. He said that huge piles of rubbish could be seen everywhere even in front of these dustbins.

He said that most of waste generated in the Bhara Kahu area is dumped on streets or some unauthorised sites like ‘vacant’ plots which creates problems for sanitary workers. The official also complained about the ignorance of the residents who usually throw the waste in streets and sewerage, choking the drains.

“We are doing our bit but it is shared responsibility of ours and the residents to keep cities towns and waste-courses clean. The citizens must also fulfil their responsibility,” he said.