By Zainab Saba
LAHORE: (Feb. 21, 2019): Punjab police will arrest those who throw rubbish on Mall Road and heritage sites in Lahore. According to Lahore High Court verdict, Justice Ali Akbar Qureshi instructed to impose a fine on those persons who spit and litter on Mall Road and historical places of the city.
In past few months, the Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) following the directions of Lahore High Court (LHC), imposed a fine of Rs 100 to prevent littering at historic sites of the city. The Authority team has also put up cautioning boards across the heritage sites to make people aware of the punishment.
WCLA is potentially working and also distributing posters among people to educate them regarding the importance of “Clean Green Pakistan” campaign launched by Prime Minister Imran Khan. Following the orders of Lahore High Court (LHC), the authority imposed issued fine tickets to 21 tourists for littering the Lahore Fort on October 15, 2018. Similarly the team also fined six visitors on October 12, 2018 for littering the Royal trail.
We have imitated a strict action against those people who throw rubbish on historical places of Lahore. Initially we have fined Rs 100 for littering but this fine will increase gradually, said Asif Zaheer, WCLA Director Marketing and Social Mobilisation. “Moreover, we are actively working on keeping the heritage sites clean and our team members have been asked to inform the visitors about it,” he added.
Lahore is the second largest city of Pakistan for littering. It is the negligence of our government who keep the specific areas of Lahore clean but totally neglected the other areas of Lahore. Throwing garbage on road or open land not only pollutes our environment but also effect human health. It is unlawful act and also portrays the bad image of the citizen all over the world. The most common littering stuff includes food packaging, cigarette packets, drink bottles, junk food wrappers, broken glasses and other solid waste.
People deliberately throw waste items from cars, irrespective of whether they belong to literate family or illiterate family. Littering is a disgusted and dangerous activity and should not be taken easy because it pollutes our environment. It creates health hazards in the society. People create a mess and they do it all the time without even thinking about its consequences. Rubbish that is left around to escalate and rot attracts the germs and other flies on rotten food decaying the stuffs, promulgating toxins of pungent odors, which are badly harmful for human being.
Laziness and carelessness has propagated a culture of littering. It is common to see people are too lazy and they throw trash out of their terrace and window. When these people go to any public place or road they throw trash not in their proper places because they become habitual of the littering.
Cardiologist Dr. Youmna said rubbish create germs and harmful toxin odors that directly affect human health and promote many diseases. As citizens it’s our moral responsibility to ensure that our country is clean and unpolluted.
The power to diminish it is in our hands. Media also play a significant role in it. Media produce awareness campaign about it because it has great impact in human beings. It is not only duty of government because they have put bins everywhere but we people are not literate even if we have a degree. We throw rubbish on road and spitting on the everywhere. Media should spread awareness among people.
Clinical psychologist Samra said that it was our moral duty that as parents we set a good example for our children by never dumping their wrappers on the street. Whenever you take your children on a ride and buy them food on the way, make sure they don’t throw their wrappers out the window. Keep a shopping bag inside your car and empty it in your waste bin when you’re back at home. Teachers can also arrange trips for students and take them to polluted natural sites and explain how inappropriate behaviour make environment miserable. Then they should order their students to help keep the environment clean by gathering the litter they encounter on that site and disposing it off properly.
They should advice their students to discard the rubbish they come across while they’re walking down an alley or a street. Teachers should ensure that their students clean up after their break. They should be asked to tidy up the part of the classroom where they sit, after school.
The sanitary rules you implement at home shouldn’t be shrugged off when you’re on the road. When you’re outside your house, you’re still in your country; it is still your home. Even if you’re abroad, you can’t deny the fact that you’re still in your planet; it’s still your home. It is not just the municipal corporation’s responsibility to keep your country clean.