MCI, CDA to facilitate Moharram processions in capital

ISLAMABAD: Metropolitan Corporation of Islamabad (MCI) and Capital Development Authority (CDA) will play its due role to facilitate public gatherings and processions during the holy month of Moharram.

It will fully co-operate with Islamabad Capital Administration (ICT) and would make all available civic facilities to the participants.

This was stated by Mayor of Islamabad and Chairman CDA, Sheikh Anser Aziz while chairing a high level meeting regarding up-coming Moharram days. The meeting was attended by senior officers of CDA, representatives of ICT and Islamabad Police.

The mayor assured the district administration that CDA would fully co-operate and provide all civic facilities needed during the Moharram days.

MCI and CDA focal persons would have close liaison with the District Administration.

The mayor directed the Environment wing of the Authority to trim trees on the routes of Moharram procession to make passage safe and to avoid any inconvenience.

Similarly, he directed to remove the shrubs and clean the nullahs in the vicinity of religious gathering to provide a cleaner environment.

He directed to remove hurdles immediately on the routes of processions to facilitate its movement.

He further added that the street lights on all routes of the processions and at all Imam Bargahas should be repaired and uninterrupted supply of electricity be ensured by making arrangements of stand by generators to avoid any untoward incident.

The mayor directed the sanitation staff to devise a comprehensive plan for cleaning and collection of garbage from the routes of processions and places of gathering / Imam Bargahas to provide healthy and safer environment to participants.

He also directed the Director Municipal Administration (DMA) to constitute special teams to check all kinds of wall chalking or banners with hatred material and if noticed it should immediately be destroyed and such kind of wall chalking or posters should not be allowed at any cost. He further directed to check manholes on the routes and surroundings of the gathering and to ensure that these should be covered properly.

Anser Aziz was informed that different wings of CDA have made elaborate mechanism for the provision of facilities to the participants and uninterrupted supply of drinking water will be ensured during Moharram processions. Similarly, teams of Street Light officials have been constituted to ensure uninterrupted lighting during the procession.

The ambulance and fire vehicles will also be ensured and deputed at various places of gathering and along the processions.

The mayor cancelled the holidays of employees of street light division, Sanitation staff, and water supply during Moharram. Similarly he announced that there will be high alert in CDA Capital Hospital during the Ashora days.