Islamabad - Nullahs in the federal capital once a source of fresh water had become filthy due to dumping of garbage. Despite claims of the civic body to initiate work on cleanliness of nullahs, there is still a need to cleanse these streams.

The residents living along these nullahs have requested civic body to take steps for cleanliness. They said the nullah had become a garbage dump and are creating hurdles in the flow of rainwater. Razia Begum, a resident of G-7 slum said once such nullahs contained clean water which people used for chores, now these have become mere garbage dumps. She urged the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to keep the nullahs clean to avoid health problems.

Furthermore, a frequently-used pedestrian bridge at the G-7 nullah near the Zero Point is without a safety fence and has become a constant threat for residents. The residents of the locality said due to heavy rains, the safety fence of the bridge was removed to facilitate the flow of rainwater. They said the Capital Development Authority (CDA) should clean the nullah and construct the fence for their safety. He said CDA officials on several occasions launched campaigns to clean the nullahs but people throw garbage into them. A CDA official said people should avoid throwing garbage into the streams. He said the nullahs were cleaned several times.

The civic body has already constituted special teams to ensure daily cleanliness of nullahs, said an official of CDA. He said that during the first phase, around three dumper of garbage was lifted from the nullahs.

While in the next phase, teams of Sanitation Directorate comprised nullah coolies will carryout the cleanliness work and lifting of garbage from different streams on war footing. He said that if the cleanliness of these nullahs be carried out on daily basis, the garbage and malodorousness can be controlled.

In order to ensure the flow of clean treated water, CDA is working on a pilot project in collaboration with the National Agriculture Research Council (NARC). Under this project, plants having anti-pollution capabilities will be planted at the stream flowing through the Rose and Jasmine Garden.

In order to remove the toxic elements from these nullahs, ten new ponds will also be constructed to treat the polluted water, adding that work on this project has been initiated.

The treated water would be used for agriculture purpose. During the next phase, all the nullahs flowing through Islamabad will be treated under the Bio-remediation in order to enhance the beauty of capital city.