Rawalpindi - The Water Recovery Cell of Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) disconnected some 73 illegal water connections during surprise visits to several areas, Spokesman RCB Raja Rizwan told yesterday.

He added that the Food Control Department also took 21 samples of edibles from different eateries and sent to Lahore Examination Laboratory for quality check.

He said the RCB Water Recover Cell paid surprise visits to Kamalabad, Gawalmandi, Allama Iqbal Colony, Tench Bhatta, Westridge and Saddar areas and disconnected the illegal water connections. “The connections have been installed by the residents illegally to steal water,” he said.

Similarly, he said, a team of Food Control Department conducted raids at bakeries, fast foods, hotels and restaurants and obtained 21 samples of food items.

Later, he said, the samples were sent to Lahore for medical examination to ascertain the quality of food items being sold to consumers by the hotel owners. He asserted that RCB issued notices to a total of 55 shopkeepers on account of running their businesses without licences in the areas of Dhoke Syedan, Kalma Chowk, Naseerabad, Afshan Colony, Siham Road, Tench Bhatta, Misrial Road and Dhoke Banaras.

 In another action, he said, RCB Building Control Department while taking action against illegal constructions and building structures issued notices to 55 owners over map violation.

He further said that the anti-dengue teams fumigated many areas of the Cantonment besides eliminating dengue larvae from five places.

The teams directed the people not to let the water inundate in open places to avoid growth of dengue larvae.