RAWALPINDI - As many as 170 houses facing danger of collapse owing to landsliding following the roaring waves of Nullah Leh during monsoon season in Katchi Abadi of Murree Brewery.

There is no retaining wall constructed by the authorities concerned to stop the landsliding that had weakened the foundations of many houses, thus putting at stake the lives and properties of thousands of poor inhabitants of Kacthi Abadi, Murree Brewery.

On the other hand, the construction of a new road, linking Chaklala Scheme III, Askari-I and Gulistan Colony with GT Road, with a stone wall on the other bank of Nullah Leh has pushed all the water flow towards the Katchi Abadi, thus accelerating the landsliding process and rubbing the salt on the wounds of helpless residents.

A survey conducted by TheNation on Thursday revealed that as many As 170 houses were established along Nullah Leh at Katchi Abadi, Murree Brewery, the area controlled by Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB).

These houses, sheltering tens of thousands of people, are located on the bank of Nullah Leh while increased water level in the ongoing rainy season has been damaging it swiftly.

The cleanliness situation of the area is very miserable as people regularly dump filth openly while a foul smell enveloped the whole area. There is no clean drinking water available to the area residents and the locals have to fetch water from Murree Brewery tube wells after cutting long distance.

Talking to this scribe, residents of the area were of the view that the concerned authorities including MPAs Chaudhry Ayaz, Haji Ghulam Raza and former federal minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed every year make promises to build the retaining walls along both sides of Nullah Leh. But not a single promise has materialized so far rather a national company contracted new road and bridge with a stone wall on the other bank of Nullah Leh endangering the lives an properties of the inhabitants.

A government servant Pervez Khan told that all the houses were under threat after its bank broke with floodwaters flowing into the Nullah Leh.

“The clouds are bursting now a days and the water level has increased in nullah.

Two or three heavy rains can play havoc in the area. The authorities concerned should take notice of the alarming situation,” he added.

The concerned authorities have failed to find a permanent solution to the problem these people facing since long, said Muhammad Nasir, an employee of RCB, adding that “We have knocked the doors of Presidency, Prime Minister House, Station Commander and Chief Minister Punjab but no body is paying heed towards our problem”.

Ahmed Khan, a labourer, said that every year during monsoon season the authorities concerned issue notices to them to relocate to some other place due to danger of monsoon floods. “We cannot vacate our homes leaving precious households and live under the open sky,” he said. He said that their property suffered damages due to Nullah Leh water, particularly during monsoon season, but the concerned civic bodies did nothing.

The area residents have appealed to the authorities concerned to take notice of this worrying situation and built a restraining wall along with the bank touching Katchi Abadi.

Station Commander/President Cantonment Boards Brigadier Zaman Nasarullah Khan Niazi, despite several phone calls made by this scribe to get his point of view, did not receive his cell phone.

Similarly, people living along a nullah at Humak, Model Town, are also under great threat of flooding in monsoon season as the process of land slipping has been is in progress since long but the authorities concerned have closed their eyes towards the lingering issue.

The area residents during a chat with TheNation also alleged that the nullah flows from Defense Housing Authority-II into Soan River has been causing landsliding in the town due to which a good number of houses might collapse in the rainy season.

They said that several times they had lodged complaint with DHA high ups to not drop the water in the Nullah as it has been damaging their lands badly.