‘Sindh administration to ensure foolproof flood fighting plan’

KARACHI: Billions of rupees have been spent in strengthening the flood protective embankments in the Sindh said Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah. He asked the Sindh Irrigation Department to prepare fool proof flood fighting contingency plan and directed Deputy Commissioners to coordinate with all stakeholders and ensure its implementation within their respective district, without fail so 2010 flood like situation might not be emerged.Presiding over a meeting regarding pre-monsoon flood preparation and disaster risk management he directed the civil administration and management of local government to ensure proper cleaning of drainage network including natural nullas before the monsoon.Expressing his apprehension over the massive encroachment on the 13 to 14 drainage nullahs in Karachi, he said due to illegal practice of encroachments since decades the 70 feet bed width of nullah have been now remained 10 feet only. In such a situation the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) and Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) should prepare a strategy for efficient disposal of heavy rainwater from the urban areas under short-term strategy and propose an effective storm water drainage plan for long-term strategy.He formed the committee headed by Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Siddiqui with representative from local government, KMC and KWSB to recommend the precautionary measures in this regard.He directed the managements of other cities to ensure cleaning of drainage network in all cities including Hyderabad and arrange de-watering machines and to make all pumping houses functional.Discussing about precautionary measures for riveran flood, he said heavy spending about Rs 10 billion has so far been made not only to strengthen the flood protection embossments but restore the old water ways to avoid 2010 like flood situation once forever. He said Rs 3.5 billion have been spent for remodelling of drainage system, Rs 1.5 billion for emergency clearance of spinal drains of Left Bank Outfall Drainage (LBOD). In addition to Rs 4 billion are being spent to restore old water ways/dhoras in the second phase of the schemes. Besides we have spent huge money from the regular budget of the irrigation department for this purpose. He directed secretary irrigation to prepare foolproof flood fighting contingency plan in such a way so that no incident of breach could be occurred. He directed secretary health to prepare emergency plan to meet the after effects of monsoon and ensure no epidemic of water borne disease be broke out. He directed the management of Provincial Disaster Management Authority, Sindh Rehabilitation Department and Relief Department to be more vigilant and remain in close coordination with their stakeholder organisations to meet eventuality of flash flood. He directed secretary irrigation for early completing of the model studies being carried out to enhance the capacity of Sukkur Barrage from 900,000 cusec to 1.5 million cusecs so that physical work on the project could be started. The Secretary Irrigation briefing the meeting said schemes for emergency clearance of spinal drain of LBOD and remodelling of drainage net work have been completed with Rs 5 billion cost while scheme for the restoration of old water ways was being implemented with its estimated cost of Rs 4 billion. 

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