With mercury rising, water has become a rare commodity in different localities of the city, making lives of the citizens miserable.

Residents of Rawalpindi have accused the authorities concerned of being indifferent to their problems and have paid no heed to their repeated requests.

The worst-affected localities include Tench Bhatta, Mughalabad, Azizabad, Peshawar Road, Naseerabad, Misrial R

The Punjab government has not yet taken steps to repair or replace the only incinerator installed at Holy Family Hospital which stopped functioning about two months back, forcing three government hospitals in the city to dispose of their infectious waste manually.

Sources told Dawn on Sunday that since the incinerator developed faults, its management did not lift waste from District Headquarter

The Punjab-Environmental Protection Agency (Punjab-EPA) on Sunday served notices on the owners of 160 commercial and residential buildings in and around Murree for discharging sewage into water streams and causing serious environmental pollution.

The provincial environmental watchdog has taken action against the commercial and residential buildings under the Supreme Court orders to save Rawal L

Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) has prepared a plan to install 17 Floating Solar Powered High Flow Circulators/Solar Bees and 10 Portable Wastewater Treatment Plants worth of Rs 400 million at Rawal Lake to clean contaminations from its water, sources told Daily Times on Wednesday.

The monsoon season is behind the schedule and rains will be 10 percent below the normal this year due to global warming and development of weak El-Nino conditions, said Metrological Department.

Talking to Daily Times on Wednesday, Metrological Department Director General Dr Qamaruz Zaman Chaudhry said the monsoon was likely to start within next 24 to 48 hours.

The city residents are vulnerable to floods during monsoon and epidemics, as Capital Development Authority (CDA) releases untreated sewage into Leh Nullah, said Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) Managing Director (MD) Col (R) Islamul Haq on Thursday.

Poor water supply has been reported in many city and cantonment areas over the weeks, with the residents complaining of the reverent agencies

Speakers at a seminar on Environmental Protection stressed the need to make the environment pollution-free, which is inevitable for sustainable development and a better future.

Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Tuesday restored two million gallons daily (MGD) water supply to Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) from Khanpur Dam that was cut off in January.

The slow-paced waterline laying on the Circular Road has turned the artery linking Banni Chowk with Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Road into a mess.

Pedestrians and motorists say the Rawalpindi Environmental Improvement Project (REIP) contractor had dug up edges of the entire road to lay waterlines three months ago and pilled up earth next to them.