Islamabad: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) is taking concrete measures for cleaning and restoration streams and nallah’s with a view to revive their natural condition when these ravines and nallah’s flowing through the Federal Capital use to be fairly clean for drinking and irrigation water, swimming, fishing and even for outdoor recreation.
This was stated by Chairman, CDA Imtiaz Inayat Elahi, addressing seminar “Saved streams save the life on earth” organized by the Rotary Club Islamabad, green city at Islamabad Club.
Chairman, CDA said that a survey for cleaning of Nallah’s has been completed and implementation mechanism is being streamlined for cleaning of the natural steams.
He said that Islamabad is the only city of the country which has unique aspect of environment as a dominating factor. However, the rapid increase of population massive development and inadequate management of the ecosystem has damaged the green posture of Islamabad. He said that now we have resized our priorities and conservation of environment has been taken as the primary objective of the future development.
He said that our environmental conservation efforts are bearing fruits and Islamabad has been designated as the Green City. He said that massive plantation has been part of the environmental protection effort.
An innovative concept of Rain Water Harvesting has been initiated under which more than 20 projects has been completed which has help recharge aquifer and ground water table by 15 to 20 feet.
Imtiaz Inayat Elahi said that CDA constituted a task force in collaboration with Rotary Club to identify the causes and factors which have contaminated the streams in Islamabad. The major damaging factor towards the beauty and nature flow of the streams include mixing of sewage from local sewage lines, illegal disposal of sewage into steams, direct sewage by the Kachi abadies and Navy, Air Force sectors. The CDA chief also apprised the participants the lack of awareness on the part of the residents is also multiplying the factor as the debris and solid waste is being illegally dumped into these natural steams and Nallah’s as well as the encroachment by the adjoining residents is also a major problem which has related the flow of the steams.
Imtiaz Inayat Elahi said CDA has taken some primary measures to rectify the problem. In this connection the broken sewage line in sector G-6 and Diplomatic Enclave have been repaired, Illegal sewage lines in Bari Imam have been plugged and residents are now constructing the septic tanks for their sewage waste.
He said that CDA is also upgrading its laboratory for constructing water quality monitoring as well as planning the beautification of green areas along streams. He also informed that participants of the seminar that CDA has promulgated environmental protection regulations 2008 to control such environmental problems.
Chairman CDA called upon the public and private sector to work jointly for sustainable solution to this problem. He said that key to success in this regard lies in education and awareness of the general public to pave the way for restoration of natural steams of Islamabad.
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