Saturday, October 20, 2012
From Print Edition
The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has decided to implement the policy of imposition of fines on residents found involved in wasting water.
CDA Chairman Syed Tahir Shahbaz has ordered strict implementation of the relevant bye-laws and directives of the federal government on water and energy conservation.
Chairing a meeting, on the directions of the chairman, CDA Member Environment Dr. Kazim Niaz asked the concerned authorities to evolve a strategy to ensure effective monitoring of leakages in the water supply network.
The CDA chairman and member environment called upon the residents to make collective efforts to make Islamabad a model energy and water use efficient city. They also sought support of the residents for conservation of water to discourage its wastage on washing vehicles and watering lawns.
“The water shortage is looming in Islamabad so it cannot be allowed to go waste into nullahs, on roads and footpaths,” the member environment commented while addressing the participants of the meeting.
Apprising the participants of the meeting, CDA Member Environment Dr. Kazim Niaz said a drive has already been launched to keep a strict check on wastage of water by residents as well as from the CDA’s waterworks.
He said the repair and maintenance of the rusty water pipelines is in progress to check wastage of water supplied from the reservoirs.
Moreover, he said, an awareness campaign has also been initiated to sensitise people on the cost of water wastage and if not curbed immediately, the situation would become worse.
He said under the revised CDA bye-laws, raiding teams have already started imposition of fines on water wastage.
The participants of the meeting was apprised that on the orders of the federal government, energy and water conservation measures have been adopted by the CDA in the capital to make Islamabad a model city. A ban has also been imposed on the use of decorative lights for all purposes.
The CDA has started implementing measures, including ban on the use of illuminations or decorative lights for all purposes in the city. In this connection teams have been constituted for the operation of alternate streetlights in the city. The use of billboards and neon signs is being regulated to ensure that electricity consumption is made efficient. The lights in markets are being rationalised in consultation with market committees.
The use of electric heaters in offices and residences would be discouraged and review of building codes for energy conservation for further construction would be considered. Awareness would be raised for minimum use of gas heaters and geysers, by involving schoolchildren and public.