Friday, July 05, 2013
RAWALPINDI: WASA has raised the rates of water tankers without seeking approval from the authority concerned.
According to details, the rate has been increased from Rs 375 per tanker to Rs 600. The authority also increased the rates of a tanker for its employees from Rs 100 to Rs 300 but it had to withdraw its decision on protest from the employees union.
The authority has given free hand to employees to sell the water to the citizens outside its limits. WASA MD Muhammad Akram Soban said water was already being supplied outside the city but the rate was so low that the authority was finding it hard to meet the petrol expenses. Therefore, the rate has been increased. The citizens have demanded withdrawal of increased rates’ warning otherwise they will be forced to hold protest rallies. Similarly, the residents of Dhoke Lalial have been deprived of clean drinking water due to defective filtration plant.
The plant had gone out of order two months back but no action has been taken as yet by the department concerned. The residents said that some officials of the respective department had visited the plant a month ago and promised to replace its out-of-order parts but no action has been taken yet. The residents demanded Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to take personal interest in the matter and ensure the plant is repaired soon. On the other hand, the sale of unhygienic beverages in Raja Bazar is on the rise raising serious health concerns amongst the visitors. The visitors claimed that the roadside vendors in Raja Bazar are selling unhygienic drinks. Due to high prices of juices and other soft drinks, a common man is compelled to rely on these drinks to quench their thirst during sizzling summer and often fall sick. online