RAWALPINDI  - Tehsil Municipal Authority (TMA) Rawal Town is finalising arrangements for Muharram-ul-Harram.

Administrator Rawal Town Saif Anwar Jappa has directed Town Municipal Officer (TMO) Ahmed Kamal that all the repair work of streetlights and roads should be completed till fifth of Muharram. According to spokesman of TMA, Rawal Town, Town Officer Regulation (TOR) Aftab Chohan has strictly been directed that he himself should monitor all the Muharram preparations on daily basis. All the encroachments should also be removed from the routes of the processions.

Arrangements to facilitate the mourners during Muharam-ul-Haram are being made, he added. Building materials and other debris from roadsides of the routes of the processions are being removed by the staff concerned. It is pertinent to mention here that the City District Government Rawalpindi (CDGR) Municipal Services department had asked Rawal Town Municipal Administration (RTMA) and Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa) to cover all manholes before the month of Muharram.

On the directives of Executive District Officer Municipal Services Imtiaz Malik, District Officer (DO) Solid Waste Management Dr Mazhar Azeem visited the city to review the sanitation arrangements for Muharram and found most of the manholes uncovered.

These manholes were located at Jamia Masjid Road, Imambargah Qadeemi Road, Bohar Bazaar, Iqbal Road, Khyaban-e-Sir Syed, Dhoke Khabba and Commercial Market. Upon discovering this, the DO wrote a letter to civic bodies of the city to cover the manholes to avoid any untoward incident during the month of Muharram.

Dr. Mazhar Azeem said that the department started a survey of the city to identify the dilapidated roads on Muharram routes for the safe passage of the processions.

He said that the department also asked the civic bodies to lift the building material waste from different parts of the city for Muharram. “More than 200 sanitary workers’ Computerised National Identification Cards copies have been sent to the Special branch for security check as these sanitary workers will be deputed along Ashura and other mourning related processions from Muharram first to tenth,” he said. Rawal Town Administrator Saif Anwar Jappa told that the RTMA had already started work to cover the manholes in the city.

Meanwhile, administrator City District Government (CDG) Rawalpindi Saqib Zafar has imposed section 144 around all the examination centres set up for Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC), supplementary exams 2012.

Foolproof arrangements have been made for transparent and smooth holding of HSSC suplementary exams 2012. Mobile phones, textbooks, test papers, calculators and other items which can be helpful for the exams would not be allowed in the examination halls. Any unauthorised person would not be allowed to enter into the premises of the examination centers. According to spokesman of the administration, the step has been taken to control cheating and for the safety of the students. Cases would also be registered against the violators under section 188 PC.