WSSP, Irrigation Dept to check sewerage lines polluting canals in Peshawar

WSSP decided to get approval for the constitution of ‘Municipal Police Squad’ from the Board of Directors.

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PESHAWAR: Water and Sanitation Services Peshawar (WSSP) in collaboration with Irrigation and Police departments, district administration and Peshawar Development Authority decided to divert lines throwing sewerage water in canals.

Besides, steps would be taken to check the dispose of waste in irrigation canals. To control littering and dumping of waste on roads, in streets, drains, WSSP decided to get approval for the constitution of ‘Municipal Police Squad’ from the Board of Directors.

These decisions were taken at a meeting held here with Chief Executive Officer WSSP Syed Zafar Ali Shah in the chair wherein general managers and zonal managers also participated. In this regard, commercial sewerage lines dropping into canals would be identified and then notices would be issued to the owners to stop throwing sewerage water in the canals.

It was decided to take action under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Canal and Drainage Act against those found guilty. The chief executive directed them to prepare a list of such industrial and commercial entities including wedding halls, car wash centres and plazas that throw sewerage water in canals.

He directed them to identify localities where domestic waste is being disposed of in canals, prepare a report and share it with the Irrigation Department. He also asked them to issue notices to the owners for diverting their lines away from the canals.

Zafar Ali Shah asked the managers to direct municipal inspectors and supervisors to control the practice in their respective jurisdictions and warned them of strict disciplinary action for showing negligence in this regard.

The zonal managers were tasked to measure the length of drains and canals in their zones and devise cleanliness schedule in light of the length. “Launch an awareness campaign in localities on sides of canals apart from door-to-door waste collection to sensitise the inhabitants of the harms of polluting canals,” he directed the managers.

He directed Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting wing of WSSP to prepare a proposal for diverting the sewerage lines from the canals within a week. The chief executive along with officials of Irrigation and PDA officials paid a visit of Warsak Gravity Canal and reviewed the cleanliness of canals. He directed the officials to take action against littering and throwing waste in canals.

A committee will also be constituted comprising of representatives of WSSP, Irrigation and PDA that will carry out a survey for diverting lines from canals. The committee will present its recommendations in light of the survey. Besides, small waste bins would be placed in each locality of Faqirabad, Gulbahar, Tehkal and University Road.

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