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WASA finalises arrangements for monsoon

RAWALPINDI: The Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) has finalised arrangements for the monsoon season and to prevent flooding in Nullah Lai.According to WASA Managing Director (MD) Raja Shoukat Mahmood, the dredging work of Nullah Lai that started last month would be completed at an estimated cost of six million rupees within few days. The citizens, particularly living in low-lying areas of the city and near the nullahs have been urged not to throw garbage and solid waste in nullahs and drains as they create blockage in the way of flood water. The WASA managing director (MD) said that the nullahs and drains of the town which flow into Nullah Lai are also being cleared. He appealed the citizens to cooperate with the sanitation department and refrain from littering garbage.Filth and solid waste should only be deposited at specific points from where it could easily be removed, he added. He said that Nullah Lai, mainly in low-lying areas, is being cleared of silt and solid waste. The Gawalmandi area is especially being focused during the cleanliness drive as due to heavily populated locality, a large amount of garbage and filth is thrown in the nullah which creates obstacles in the smooth flow of flood water, he said adding that the section of the nullah would be cleared. He said that the Nullah Lai at Katrian Pull, Pir Wadhai, City Saddar area, Moti Mahal, Aamar Chowk, and High Court areas are especially being cleared and the work would be completed before the start of the monsoon rains.He informed that Dhoke Naju, Zia-ul-Haq Colony, both sides of the Ratta Bridge, Bhoosa Godown, Mohanpura near Jinnah Road Bridge, Javaid Colony, Tipu Road, Chamanzar Colony, Nadeem Colony, Dhoke Chiragh Din, New Phagwari, Mohallah Raja Sultan, Gowalmandi, and Dhoke Ellahi Buksh are the main vulnerable areas of the town. WASA has established a flood control room at the WASA headquarters, Liaquat Bagh and four field offices at Moti Mahal, Commercial Market, Khyaban-e-Sir Syed and Bagh Sardaran.Two water level gauging stations would be established at Katarian Bridge and Gawalmandi Bridge while 10 flood warning posts would be established at TMA Rawalpindi, Christian Colony, and water treatment facility adjustment to medical college, Rattaamral Bridge, Gunjmandi, Pir Wadhai Bridge, fire station Pir Wadhai, Sector iv-b, Khayaban Park, Gawalmandi Children Park, and Government Middle School, Dhoke Naju. A special flood relief committee to monitor the relief and rescue activities, headed by the district coordination officer and 15 other members has also been constituted. A central flood control centre has also been established at the TMA building, Liaquat Road. The whole target area which ranges from Kattarian Bridge to Chaklala Bridge is divided into eight zones and 33 safe locations have been identified where the evacuation centers and relief camps for effective management of flood disaster would be established. 

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