BAHAWALPUR: “The Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) has launched a drive to check the condition of billboards and hoardings across the district. PHA teams checked 261 billboards across the district last week and found 137 billboards in a dilapidated state. We have ordered repair of the vulnerable structures,” representatives of the PHA said on Saturday.
They were addressing a meeting with Commissioner Saqib Zafar. The meeting was attended by DCO Ehtisham Anwer Mahar, PHA Director Qazafi bin Shakoor and Assistant Commissioner Rao Tasleem Akhter.
The meeting was told that an inspection had been launched to check quality of infrastructure in the district.
“This has enabled the PHA and the TMAs to remove dangerous structures from the densely populated zones,” he said.
The meeting was told that all illegal billboards and hoardings were being removed and the contractors that had put them there.
Commissioner Saqib Zafar said the district administration should ensure enforcement of the standard operating procedure regarding installation of billboards.
“Safety of citizens is a top priority. All billboards that may pose a threat to lives of citizens must immediately be removed,” he said.
The commissioner said installation of billboards near mosques and Eidgahs should be banned.
DCO Ehtisham Anwer Mahar said on Saturday that the district government had finalised arrangements for Independence Day celebrations.
Addressing a meeting, the DCO said the Independence Day celebrations would open with the ringing of the bells of the century-old Clock Tower at Sadiq Dean High School at midnight on August 13.
This would be followed by the national anthem sung by the students of various schools.
The ceremony would include a fireworks display.
“The late night ceremony will end with prayers for peace and prosperity of the country,” he said.
He said in the morning, police, Rangers, Pakistan Army, students, Rescue 1122 would participate in a parade.
Camel, goat and horse dances would also be part of the parade,” he said.
The meeting was also informed that 4x4 Club Bahawalpur and Vintage Car Club vehicles would also be present for Independence Day’s proceedings. Later, in the day a ceremony would be held to award the first Shan-i-Bahawalpur award to recognise services of outstanding citizens.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 24th, 2016.
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