Light rain multiplies the joy of Eid celebrations

ISLAMABAD/RAWALPINDI: Light rain early Friday morning multiplied the joys of Eid festivities amongst the residents of the twin cities.Thousands of people, including women and children, thronged parks and recreational spots in the twin cities on Friday, the 4th day of Eid, to enjoy the festivities.Almost all parks received a large number of visitors on the fourth day of Eid. Recreational spots, including Lake View Park, Rawal Dam, Daman-e-Koh, Pir Sohawa, Shakarparian, Chatter Park, Safari Park, Ayub National Park, Nawaz Sharif Park, Roomi Park, Play Land Park and Jinnah Park, were packed as people came out to spend a weeklong vacation.Meanwhile, Rescue 1122 carried out 213 rescue and relief operations and saved 245 precious lives across the district during Eid holidays, official sources in the Punjab Emergency Service said on Friday.Sharing details of the incidents and deployment, they told APP that the Rescue personnel remained on high alert and handled 124 road mishaps, two fire incidents, one drowning case, 61 medical emergencies and three crime related tragedies during these days.The rescue teams, they said, upheld their hallmark by responding to the emergency calls and reaching the incidents sites within seven minutes time.More than 400 rescuers performed special duties at district control room and emergency rescue stations, while 14 fully equipped ambulances, 10 firefighting vehicles, two rescue vehicles, a water rescue van and two water bowsers and two besides specialized vehicles were on ready-mode to meet any eventuality.Special rescue posts were established at Ayub Park , Nawaz Sharif Park, Jinnah Park, GPO Chowk Sadar, they said, adding that elaborate arrangements were also made for Eid prayers at Children Park Gawalmandi, Liaquat Bagh Park, Rawal Chowk and 22-Number Chungi and Tench Bhatta.“Emergency vehicles were deputed for Eid prayer at sensitive areas along with trained emergency staff to provide immediate pre-hospital emergency cover. Emergency officers, including trained doctors, supervised all the arrangements during Eid days,” the sources added.Besides, they said a good number of rescuers along with supporting teams were deployed at Murree, including Pindi Point, Charra Pani, 17 Miles, Khajut Expressway, Mall Road, Jheeka Gali Bazar, Company Bagh and Kotli Sattian for quick response to any untoward incident.On the other hand, the City Traffic Police (CTP) received over 1,171 calls of motorists on helpline-1915, seeking guidance and assistance during Eid holidays.“The CTP responded to these calls in a prompt manner and provided help and guidance to over 1,171 citizens during Eid days,” Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Shoaib Khurram Janbaz told APP here Friday.Besides, he said, traffic wardens apprised 10,762 tourists about the traffic plan for the hill station Murree and helped a number of motorists facing mechanical problems in their vehicles.He said the CTP also reunited 15 children, who went missing in the unprecedented rush of visitors in Murree, with their parents.The CTP, he said, had devised a comprehensive traffic plan for Murree for Eid days, which was strictly followed to ensure smooth flow of traffic on the roads leading to the hill station.He said the traffic police performed their duties with full strength in a highly professional manner to keep the traffic moving, adding all-out efforts were made to extend maximum facilities and guidance to the people spending Eid holidays in Murree.“It is the result of an effective strategy that there was no traffic blockage despite entry of a record number of vehicles in Murree on this Eidul Fitr,” he claimed.

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