RAWALPINDI (July 25, 2011) : Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) is planning to launch a housing scheme on a landfill site near Misrial Road after the Punjab Environment Protection Agency (Punjab-EPA) took serious notice of open garbage dumping.
Sources said the agency had asked the RCB to shift its landfill site at Dhoke Gujran, as it was surrounded by residential areas.
In its report prepared in February 2011, the agency said the RCB was playing havoc with the lives of 50,000 inhabitants of the vicinity, asking it to arrange an alternative place for dumping garbage and adopting “proper waste management procedures”.
Sources said the work on converting the 360 kanals of landfill into a housing scheme would start in September.
As it is for the first time that the RCB is launching a housing scheme, it was consulting experts of the Capital Development Authority and developers of private housing schemes.
The report said the area formerly known for its serene landscape is now known for garbage dumping.
It said inhabitants of six villages around the garbage dump have no choice but live with the pollution caused by unchecked burning of all kinds of waste.
The report feared that open dumping of garbage would contaminate the area’s underground water. It also pointed out that the part of garbage being dumped or burned indiscriminately was “unprocessed waste from private clinics, hospitals and laboratories”.
RCB Cantonment Executive Officer Rana Manzoor Ahmed Khan confirmed that the board would launch the housing scheme at Dhoke Gujran’s landfill site.
He added that board was looking different places for new landfill site in the limits of cantonment areas. “We are also considering the option of sharing the landfill site of city government at Losar near Adiala Jail.” He said the RCB would convert the land into 5-10 marla plots, which will be available for “sale very soon”.