SIALKOT

The poor condition of water supply and sanitation especially seepage due to technical faults in the construction of Allama Iqbal Labour Colony is a permanent irritant to the inhabitants of the colony, it is learnt.

The situation has created difficulties for the industrial workers, labourers and their dependents residing in the flats established along the main Sialkot-Pasrur Road under the supervision of Punjab Labour Department.

The officials concerned have yet to overcome the menace as they have not taken any practical step to rectify the situation so far. Expressing grave concern over the situation, the Sialkot business community said that the uncontrolled seepage in the flats was creating several problems for the inhabitants. The causes behind the seepage are stated to be the some technical faults and improper construction plan.

The inhabitants said that there was no proper system of streetlights in the colony due to which it often remained in darkness during night. It also lacks proper security system as the security guards deputed earlier have already been called back by the Labour Department, they said. The height of the boundary walls around the colony was very low and unconcerned people enter into the colony by jumping the boundary walls, they complained.

The inhabitant added that prolonged promise of establishing a dispensary and a utility store had not yet been established there. They said that due to improper system of sanitation and cleanliness in the colony, heaps of trash could be seen everywhere in the colony. They complained that the department was unable to provide basic facilities for the inhabitants.

Then president general (r) Pervez Musharraf had laid the foundation stone of the colony during his visit to Sialkot on September 30, 2000. Then Punjab chief minister Pervaiz Elahi had distributed the keys of the residential flats to labourers and industrial workers during a special ceremony held on April 01, 2005.

When contacted, the officials of Sialkot Labour Department said, “We have brought the critical situation into the notice of the Punjab government for solution to the problem.”