Rawalpindi: The Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) has still not found land to dump solid waste collected from the cantonment area, even though the Punjab government allocated approximately PKR 20 million to the cause over two years ago.
Due to the absence of a proper landfill site, waste is either dumped in vacant plots or burnt in the open. Overflowing waste containers are visible in the main commercial areas of Saddar and emit foul odours. This situation has given rise to a host of environmental hazards and concerns for people living in the vicinity.
Previously, acting on instructions issues by the Punjab Environment Protection Agency, the RCB vacated a landfill site at Dhoke Gujran. However, the board has been encountering problems while looking for a new landfill near Adiala Village, such as opposition from residents of the area.
Reportedly, RCB Vice President Raja Jehandad Khan has instructed officials to speed up the process of finding an appropriate landfill. The process is likely to take another two months.