TIMERGARA - Under the supervision of Pakistan Army, cleanliness campaign in Dir Lower started on Thursday. Personnel of Pak army, officials of Tehsil Municipal Committees (TMAs), Dir Levis, police and traders took part in the drive.

Different awareness walks were also held in Timergara, Talash, Chakdara and the participants were holding banners inscribed with objectives of the drive.  The TMAs' sweepers along with local volunteers swept drains, roadsides, footpaths and streets in markets. Commandant Dir Scouts Colonel Nasar Umar Hayat Laleka supervised the drive in Timergara while Lt. Col. Muhammad Nawaz in Chakdara.

Talking to journalists, TMO Iqbal Hassan, Lt Colonel Nawaz, DSP Sadiq Akbar and business community's leader Akbar Khan said the drive would continue till complete cleanliness of bazaars, markets and roadsides.

They said the drive would not be restricted to mere photo session but Pakistan army would keep check on cleanliness in parts of the district. "In the first phase, markets, roadside drains will be cleaned but the campaign will be extended to villages, schools and hospitals in Timergara, Chakdara, Talash, Khall and Balambat," Lt. Col. Nawaz said. He said the main objective of the drive was to create awareness among people regarding preventive measures against infectious diseases like dengue, diarrhoea, dysentery and malaria.

 He said the area could not be cleaned without public support. He asked traders and officials of TMAs would regularly observe cleanliness to prevent spread of fatal diseases in this green land of Pakistan. 

Meanwhile, taking serious notice of the poor drainage system in front of the District Head Quarter Hospital (DHQ) Timergara that resulted in the blockade of main entrance, the security forces came in action on special directives of commandant Dir Scouts Colonel Nasar Umar Hayat Laleka and managed to open the blocked drains.