Citizens demand check on sale of substandard food

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ISLAMABAD: The citizens from urban and rural areas of the city have demanded from food department to take notice against the sale of poor quality products, and overcharging on bakeries, food points and groceries products.


People representing different sections of society from the areas of Aabpara, Faizabad, Bhara Kahu, Rawal Town, Margalla Town, and Chattah Bakhtawar have showed serious concerns on the sale of low quality milk, yogurt, biscuits, and cold drinks in the areas.



These products are also being overcharged and do not fulfil the criteria of health safety. Resultantly, there is always a chance of spreading diarrhea and stomach diseases in children.



The officers of price control and quality maintaining departments are not playing their role properly due to which the owners of these businesses are free doing everything.



The citizens have demanded from the food inspectors and the price control committees to take action against forgers and profiteers of the respective areas.



CDA cracks down against encroachments: Capital Development Authority (CDA) has launched operation against the encroachments in Karachi Company the other day.



Many of the traders managed to escape the operation by bribing the encroachment staff.



The CDA Enforcement Directorate under the supervision of Inspector Enforcement Liaquat launched operation in G9 at Karachi Company and confiscated goods of more than 50 stalls.



Meanwhile, the traders of Karachi Company market has raised the voices against operation and said that the operation against illegal encroachment is a good decision but the CDA department takes goods of few stalls into custody while the other stallholders give them bribe money and continue their business.



They demanded from the department concerned to take serious notice of this issue so that the favouritism must be finished soon and the masses would also get some relief in this regard.



Anti-mosquitoes spray demanded: The rural areas of the federal capital have turned into breeding grounds for mosquitoes owing to lack of cleanliness system and the residents demanded for conducting spray to kill the mosquitoes and other insects.



The areas of Rawal Town, Shahzad Town, Margalla Town, Chatha Bakhtawar and other rural localities are depicting the scenes of garbage dumps and worst slums.



The heaps of garbage are littered everywhere with mosquitoes and flies hovering around them.



The local residents said due to lack of cleanliness arrangement by the CDA, the rural localities of the capital remain hard to live in.



The stench coming out of these heaps of filth have polluted the environment of these suburbs and everyday a good number of residents are taken to hospital being hit by the epidemic.



The inmates of Rawal Town and other areas pay million of rupees on account of tax to the CDA but no civic amenities are being provided to them.



The residents of these model towns and rural localities have demanded of chairman CDA to deploy more sanitary staff and order for conducting spray to kill the mosquitoes and other insects.



Sanitation staff negligence: The Rawal Town has assumed the form of filth depot due to negligence of sanitation staff deployed by the CDA in the area.



The residents of the town said the thick growth of grass around the streets and in every corner has grown into shrubs and the garbage and shopping bags are seen to have choked the drains in every street.



A huge-sized plot allocated for community centre in the mid of populated area is being used as garbage dumping place.



The residents complained that majority of sanitation staff of the CDA remains engaged in the private work of cleanliness of gutters and kitchens and baths of the private homes in order to mint money.



A day earlier, the boys from a street were found engaged in cutting the grass of their respective street. When inquired they said that they are forced to do this work as the CDA employees do not pay any attention toward their duty despite repeated verbal requests.



The residents said that they pay a sum of Rs 200 million per annum on account of taxes but they still stand deprived of the basic amenities.



The residents demanded of the CDA to take measures to bring improvement in the performance of sanitation staff in the Rawal Town otherwise they will be forced to hold protest rallies.



Citizens demand streetlights: Citizens, traders, public and social sectors of Rawal Town, Shehzad Town and Chattah Bakhtawar have demanded to fix street lights in the rural and large populated areas of the federal capital.



Talking to media, the citizens and the traders said that the absence of streetlights in rural populated areas has increased the chances of traffic accidents and robberies.



Due to complete darkness at night often people fell in muddy streets, which leads them towards injuries.



They showed severe concerns on non-functional streetlights fixed on the roads and connecting streets Rawal Town and other areas and criticised the officers concerns on their negligence.



The citizens have demanded from the CDA chairman and electrical department to fix the streetlights in particular areas as soon as possible.





Courtesy: Daily Times


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