CDA Adopts Eco-Conscious Strategy to Combat Manhole Cover Theft
Islamabad: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has taken a proactive step to combat the ongoing issue of manhole cover theft by opting for an innovative and eco-friendly solution.
The CDA is procuring 5,000 manhole covers made of recycled plastic. The Director General of Sanitation, Jawad Haider, confirmed the transparent and competitive procurement process is underway.
The rampant theft of traditional iron and concrete manhole covers has prompted the switch to plastic covers. According to officials from the CDA, criminals steal these covers for their iron bars, which are then sold in junkyards. Not only are manhole covers being targeted, but garbage bins have also been subject to theft, resulting in several reported cases.
The decision to implement plastic covers for manholes serves two purposes: to deter theft and to promote sustainability. The CDA’s determination to address this issue was strengthened by a heartbreaking occurrence in Sector I-10, where a father and son lost their lives due to an open manhole.
The National Assembly Standing Committee on Climate Change expressed concern about the absence of covers in the city, which prompted the CDA to take prompt action.
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