Rains expose tall claims of arrangements for monsoon

RAWALPINDI: Monsoon rains that started on Wednesday and still continues have exposed the tall claims made by departments concerned of the Town Municipal Authority (TMA), Water and Sanitation Authority (WASA), and the district government about sanitation and cleanliness.Earlier, the authorities claimed that all the nullahs and drains of the city have been cleared of silt and solid waste and there is no danger of flood in the current monsoon season. But, the heavy rain on Thursday exposed the tall claims of arrangements in several areas of the city, which were submerged in rainwater. The rainwater choked the entire drainage system mainly in the low-lying areas and several roads, including Benazir Bhutto Road, Muslim Town, Kuri Road, and Chara Road.Heavy downpour created problems for the residents of Tench Bhata, Peoples Colony, Ghausia intersection, Jan Colony, Sherzaman Colony, Misrial Road, PIA Colony, Habib Colony, Gawalmandi, Mareer Chowk, Dhoke Chiragh Deen, Afshan Colony, Nadeem Colony, Javed Colony, Chamanzar Colony, Arya Mohallah, Sadiqabad, Rahimabad, Ratta Amral, Dhoke Najju, Jamia Masjid Road, Bohar Bazaar,Imambara Road, Banni Chowk, Rehmatabad, Akhtarabad, Amarpura, Dhoke Elahi Bakhsh, Kohati Bazaar, and Ziaul Haq Colony.The poor cleanliness arrangements made by the Rawalpindi and Chaklala Cantonment Boards also created problems for the people of these areas. When contacted, Water and Sanitation Agency Managing Director Raja Shaukat Mehmood said that Nullah Leh, mainly in the low-lying areas has been cleared of silt and solid waste and there is no danger of flood, particularly in Nullah Leh during the current monsoon season.On the other hand, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has rehabilitated and revitalised its emergency and disaster management system to further boost its potential to cope with any emergency situation in the capital. While talking to the media personnel, The CDA official said that the authority is vigilant and proactive to cope with any emergency in the capital. The CDA is fully equipped to tackle with any untoward incident with its modernised machinery and trained staff and special focus is being given to provide the missing facilities for the emergency and disasters management, he added.He said that the CDA has achieved the international standards to respond to an emergency and disaster situation. The official said that the Emergency and Disaster Management of the CDA is the well equipped and modernised in comparison to those of other municipalities in the region. More than 34 fire-tenders having different capacity to extinguish the fire, rescue vehicle, ambulances, and rescue vans are also the part of fire and rescue transportation department, he said.He said that four highly sophisticated sky lifts of 29 to 68 metres, besides 46 metre arial ladder are also the part of the CDA’s fleet. He said that the fire vehicles, which were out- of-order for quite some time, have been repaired and made fully functional. Experts from Finland carried out the repair work of the Bronto and other vehicles, he maintained. He said that it is a sense of pride for the municipality that its emergency and disaster management has always shown remarkable efficiency to cope with the emergency situations.

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