islamabad - Directorate of Health Services (DHS) of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has further expedited its campaign against food handlers engaged in poor food practices.

On the directions of Member Administration Capital Development Authority (CDA), Amer Ali Ahmed, the especially constituted teams of Health Services Directorate of the Authority, are raiding in the entire city to ensure the quality of food. During the last three months, these teams have challaned 118 and issued 162 notices to the violators of hygiene sections of PPF Ordinance 1960. Moreover, 13 different premises have been partially sealed in addition to the lodging of FIR against a school canteen in sector H-8.

Furthermore, 93 packets of non branded food items, several kilograms of rotten apples and guava, 37 litters of non branded expired soft drinks and 138 unhygienic, cracked/chipped utensils including cups, plates, kettles etc were confiscated and destroyed there and then.

Member Administration CDA, Amir Ali Ahmed directed the Directorate of Health Services to continue operation against sub-standards fruit and vegetables sellers in the city to make sure the supply of hygienic food stuff for the masses.

He further directed to ensure the implementation of principals of public health and relevant rules and strict action against sellers of substandard, unhygienic and adulterated food stuff. He directed to submit daily progress report in this regard.

Meanwhile, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has made special efforts to protect and preserve flora and fauna of Margalla Hills National Park. An official of CDA told APP that the civic body was monitoring to ensure maximum survival of the new planted saplings and concentrated efforts for the conservation of the natural environment, especially for Margalla Hills National Park would be carried out to further enhance the beauty of Islamabad. The civic body during ongoing Tree Plantation Drive, would plant 300,000 saplings in different areas of the federal capital. While with the collaboration of partner organizations 450,000 plants would be planted collectively to meet the global demands, he added.

He said that people from all walks of life particularly the students of different educational institute had been practically engaged in the Tree Plantation Drive for creating awareness about tree plantation among the residents of the city.

He said that the climatic changes could only be confronted by protecting existing green cover and making serious efforts for its further enhancement.