People have complained that school going children often fall into an open drain along the Karakoram Highway in Bisham city and demanded that it should be covered.
They said the clogged drain had become a torment for the passers-by, particularly school going children.
Fazal Elahi, a local resident, said he had witnessed over a dozen children and elderly falling into the open drain and sustaining injuries. “The drain has not been covered for six months since it was uncovered by FWO for its cleaning,” he said.
Sajad Ahmed, another local, said his son’s hand was fractured when he fell into the drain while going to school.
Sohana, a young girl, told The Northern Post that she was afraid of moving along the open drain while going to school because it was deep and dirty water flowed through it. She said one of her class fellows fell into the drain a day before and got injured.
The locals demanded of FWO to get the drain covered as soon as possible.
TMA enforcement officer Ghayyur Khan said the drain was the NHA property. He said the TMA would ensure cleaning of the drain.