RAWALPINDI: College students in the garrison city are being pushed to drink water infected with sewage, contaminated due to a faulty sewer system which has been mixed effluent with the water supply lines in at least eight colleges of Rawalpindi.
An inspection team from the National Institute of Health (NIH) found the presence of bacteria in a tubewell installed at the Vaqarun Nisa College. On the directions of the provincial education department, the principal decided to close the well last month.
The directorate of colleges wrote to the building department of Rawalpindi, requesting it to determine the problem and prepare rough cost estimates so money for its repair could be admitted in the next Annual Development Program (ADP), on May 21.
Director Colleges Rawalpindi Division Prof Humayun Iqbal said that the college principals met Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Mohammad Hanif Abbasi last month to talk over the missing facilities in the colleges.