Islamabad - Heaps of garbage and stagnant water in nullahs are posing health hazards for Islooiites as the concerned authorities seem least bothered to clean it.

Residents of the capital particularly sectors I-8 and I-10, G-7, G-9 and G10 are facing problems as they have to bear nasty smell emanating from the garbage heaps and stagnant water in the nullahs. Amir Ali, a resident of the sector I-10 told this scribe the citizens were suffering from various respiratory diseases due to the garbage heaps. Khizar Hayat, a resident of Sector G-10 also expressed similar views saying that life has become miserable due to the garbage scattered everywhere in the sector and standing water in nullahs. He demanded that Capital Development Authority (CDA) should take steps for dumping the garbage heaps properly and cleanliness of the nullahs to avoid environmental and health problems. Talking to APP, Dr Faisal Iftikhar said people with respiratory issues were visiting his clinic frequently these days because of the unhealthy environment caused by dirty nullahs and garbage heaps. “Nullahs and garbage are causing several other diseases including malaria, dengue, dysentery and cholera,” he said. However, Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI) Deputy Mayor Zeeshan Ali Naqvi said that pragmatic steps were being taken to dispose of the garbage.

He said sanitation staff were properly performing their duties and regularly collected garbage from all areas of MCI.