Trail 5 a picture of neglectArchive
ISLAMABAD: Apparently due to the negligence of the environment directorate of the Capital Development Authority (CDA), the most picturesque Trail-5 wears ugly look.
It begins from Margalla Road in F-5 just opposite to Judge’s Enclave and Punjab House. The trail is full of flora and fauna with stream flowing along the track.
Some judges of the Supreme Court frequent this scenic trail. The lawyers and a number of citizens belonging to all segment of society also hike the hill through this track.
But lack of a proper system of cleanliness and removal of litters turns out to be a nuisance for the hikers.
Though the CDA had placed signboards after every two kilometers from the entry point to the peak warning the hikers that the civic agency would impose a fine for littering, no action has been taken against a single person as yet.
The unchecked visitors have also demolished the sitting area where the hikers used to take some rest before moving forward.
The worst is the presence of the beggars who managed to cross a number of check posts to enter into the heavily guarded Red Zone area of the capital city.
Senior lawyer Chaudhry Abdul Aziz, a regular visitor to the trail told Dawn that the city managers had failed to protect the scenic track.
It appears that the civic agency has lost its writ over the trail as the ‘rowdy’ visitors demolish everything comes on their way with impunity.
Owais Yousafzai, a regular hiker, said the CDA officials visited the kiosk near the parking area of the trail, enjoyed free food but did not bother to keep a check on the visitors responsible for the destructions.
“It is their responsibility to make the visitors follow the warning signage placed on the track,” he said adding “at some places the signboards have been removed by the ‘hooligans’ as it seems they take pleasure in demolishing them.”
CDA member environment Syed Mustafain Kazmi when contacted said that keeping the trail clean is the collective responsibility of the CDA and the hikers.
Regarding demolishing of sitting area and littering, he said a special team had been constituted to clean the trail and rehabilitate the sitting areas.
According to him, CDA could not enforce penalties on the violators of civic laws without active support of the law enforcement agencies and in this case, the civic agency lacks their cooperation.
Published in Dawn, April 28th, 2015
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