RAWALPINDI – Factories located in Rawal Town, Rawalpindi, are making life of the local residents uncomfortable.
Sources said around 130 factories are located in the limits of Rawal Town causing environmental and noise pollution here. Despite the problems faced by Rawal town residents, the staff of Tehsil Municipal Administration is acting as a silent spectator and has done nothing to attend to the plight of the affected population.
According to the survey conducted recently by TMA, Rawal town, paint-making factories are situated on Kurri Road, factories making plastics are located in Dhok Dalal, shoe-factories in Khayaban-e-Sir Syed, while factories of furniture and other goods are operating in Bangash colony, Pir Wadhai road, Haji road, Hazara colony, Mohanpura, Dhok Ratta, Jamia Masjid Road and Amarpura. The building inspectors have handed over the list of the factories to Town Officer (P & C).
Citizens are of the view that making the lists of these factories is only a formality and TMA has not taking any concrete steps to resolve the issue.
INP adds: Despite ban on industrial units in residential areas, around 130 factories are located in the premises of Rawal Town Municipal Administration (RTMA), causing noise, air pollution and posing a direct threat to residents dwelling in surroundings of these units. The factories create noise and pollute the environment which is extremely troublesome to the dwellers of the localities but RTMA was playing role of silent spectator over the matter.
According to data collected by RTMA, factories manufacturing various items including paint, shoes, furniture and plastic were functioning on Kurri Road, Dhok Dalal, Khyaban-e-Sir-Syed, Bangash Colony, Pirwadhai Road, Haji Road, Hazara Colony, Mohinpura, Dhok Rata, Jamia Masjid Road, Amerpura and Zafar-ul-Haq Road.
Moreover, RTMA building inspectors Qamar Sohail, Malik Muhammad Afzal, Muhammad Iqbal, Abdul Quyyum Khan, Javed Ahmad and Ansar Safeer has prepared list of factories operational in residential areas. List of factories has been handed over to town officer (P&C).
Sources said that most of the factories have been established without approval from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Punjab. Maximum 60 factories were identified in Khyaban-e-Sir Syed, Pirwadhai and Bangash Colony by inspector Abdul Quyyum Khan.
On the other hand, citizens talking to INP complained that the lists were formed after some colossal incidents in major cities but no further action was taken against factories in the residential areas. They demanded immediate removal of these units so as to avoid any untoward incident.