RAWALPINDI: Dilapidated buildings in various localities of the city were mostly inhabited by middle and lower-middle class families which pose a serious threat to the lives of residents in the monsoon season.
A survey conducted revealed that majority of the dilapidated buildings are located in Raja Bazaar, Kaalan Bazaar, Moti Bazaar, Babra Bazaar, Bagh Sardaran, Dingi Khoi, Ratta Amral, Purana Qila, Murree Road and in the cantonment areas.
Muhammad Latif, the owner of one such dilapidated building in Purana Qila, said that they have no resources to reconstruct the house in which they were living. “We would construct new houses if we have money,” he said. Most of the people living in old houses do not want to leave as these are their ancestral properties.
“This is the property of my forefathers and I don’t want to leave this place. I have an emotional attachment with this old structure,” said Muhammad Nadeem, owner of an old building in Raja Bazaar. It is mentioned that in the past, gloomy incidents crop up which claims rupees billion of loss and precious human lives were lost due to collapse of the buildings.
On the other hand, the City District Government said that all the arrangements had been completed to cope with the flood situation and the centres had also been established to provide relief to the flood-stricken people.