Islamabad-The residents of G-13 Sector on Friday demanded early completion of road carpeting as ground dust has been causing hazards to their health.

The carpeting work of roads had started back in July this year in the sector but still incomplete. The residents said heaps of mud and sand along the under construction roads have become the order of the day which have not only been causing suffocation but also lung diseases.

Talking to APP, Dr Waseem Khawaja from Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) said that dust in the air causes various respiratory infections and especially in children.

He advised that patients suffering from respiratory problems must wear masks to keep them safe from allergy.

“An unusual dust that comes off the road contains potentially toxic pollutants, it goes everywhere on everything, and you can’t keep it out,” said Aleem Khan, a resident of G-13/1.

Another resident Razaq said his family’s health was badly affected due to the dust particles as it had not only been irritating eyes but soar-throat, cough and congestion as well.

It also affects the edibles and the same is intake by the human beings, thus causing numerous stomach diseases. Dust is everywhere and no one can escape from it, he said.

The road carpeting work earlier was initially being carried out by Capital Development Authority (CDA) but the task was later given to Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF).

When contacted Deputy Director, FGEHF Azhar Ullah said the delay in road carpeting was due to depressed land and some other technical reasons.

“We have sent samples of land to laboratory for to check quality of road land,” he said. However, he showed reluctance to give any deadline for completion of the road project.

He said the Foundation was making water spray to remove negative effects of dust but now the ground water level in the area has gone further deep, causing issues to continue the activity.

Meanwhile, the demand for traditional woollen shawls registered high demand with fast drop in temperature and increasing intensity of winter season in the country. According to a report aired by a private news channel, the shawl makers are very much busy in producing various colourful items exploiting the requirements of the buyer.

A shopkeeper Ahmad Khan, who runs a Kashmiri clothes shop, sees the business booming with the advent of winter season. “The demand for Kashmiri embroidery has increased beyond our expectations,” he says, added a variety of traditional Kashmiri shawls, Swati and Multani needlework is also in high demand.

A customer Rabia Ali who is wearing pashmina shawl for many years, told that in winter season if you do not want to wear a sweater as it hide your dress designing, then can buy a woollen shawl to keep body warm and stylish in winter season.

Shawls may be equally used by aged as well as young girls, she added.

The original pashmina shawl can be found at high prices ranging between 1500 to 7000 rupees, she maintained.

Shawls are very vital for the winter season to protect heads, arms and whole body from severe cold.