Illegal constructions go unchecked in Rawalpindi

RAWALPINDI: The illegal constructions in commercial and residential areas of Chaklala and Rawalpindi Cantonments continue unchecked, causing loss of millions of rupees to the boards in terms of commercialisation fee and fines.

The authorities concerned have not taken notice of the situation. Building checkers and building inspectors are inexperienced and at some places the employees of Grade 4 and 5 perform these duties. In various areas of Chaklala Cantt including Jhanda Cheechi, Jhelum Road, Tahli Mohri, Sir Syed Chowk, Mareer Hassan, Dhok Charagh Din and others, commercial constructions on residential building plans and commercial and residential constructions without approved building plans is illegal.

The areas of Rawalpindi Cantonment, including Range Road, Tench Bhata, Peoples Colony, Kamalabad, Miserial Road, Peshawar Road and others, are experiencing the same situation. Officials of Cantt boards said that operation against the illegal constructions is conducted on daily basis and action is taken against the negligent officials of the boards.
IESCO directs end to unscheduled power outages: Divisional Commissioner Khalid Masood Chaudhry has directed the authorities of Islamabad Electricity Supply Company (IESCO) to carry out scheduled load management and bring an end to unscheduled power outages. The commissioner said this while presiding over a higher-level meeting regarding load management in his office. DCO Rashid Mehmood, Attock DCO Iqbal Hussain and officers of administration of the division and police attended the meeting.

On the occasion, the commissioner directed IESCO officials to restrict unannounced loadshedding and regulate the supply to the possible extent with the help of administration officials by checking theft and misuse. He said that special care should be taken about power supply to the feeders of the WASA so that smooth supply of water could be ensured to the residents. Another meeting will be called soon to discuss the strategy regarding load management.

CPO’s directives go unheeded: Despite the strict directives of City Traffic Officer Abdur Razzaq, the police officials have failed to remove tinted-glasses and extra revolving lights from police vehicles.

The CPO had given clear direction to all police official and cops that they should remove tinted glasses and unnecessary revolving lights from their vehicles otherwise strict action would be taken against those who violate the law. About four days passed but nobody took notice.

Non-installation of transformer pushes the residents in trouble: Non-installation of new transformer has increased the voltage problem for the residents of Muslim Town their electronic appliances.

The previous transformer installed in Al-Muslim street Muslim Town was removed and taken away by IESCO personnel for repair works since several days ago but neither the defective transformer has been repaired nor has any new transformer been installed so far.

This state of affairs is causing heavy financial loss to the residents as the fluctuating voltage has deprived them of costly electronic appliances. A sudden rise and fall in voltage plays havoc with the electronic gadgets. “We are poor-salaried class and got refrigerators and TV from the market under instalment but they have been burnt due to sudden upsurge in voltage. We are worried about how we will pay the remaining instalments,” said a residents group.

The residents have demanded of IESCO to install new transformer immediately otherwise they will sue the authority for payment of damages being caused by the fluctuating voltage. online

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