The Sindh Government Headquarters Corps 5, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the Frontier Work Organization (FWO) have decided to assign the task of cleaning three major drains in Karachi to the FWO.
At a high-level meeting in Karachi, it was decided that the provincial government, with the help of institutions, would eliminate encroachments on the city’s drains.
Prime Minister Imran Khan directed the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to submit a detailed review report on the condition of drains in Karachi.
The meeting was chaired by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah. Local Government Minister Syed Naseer Shah, Legal Adviser Murtaza Wahab, Corps Commander Karachi Lt. Gen. Humayun Aziz, Chairman NDMA Lt. Gen. Muhammad Afzal, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, Corps 5 Brigadier Hussain Masood. , NDMA Brigadier Hussain Masood and other key officials attended.
The three drains include Gujar Nalla of Central District and CBM Nalla of Korangi District which will be restored to their original condition.
In addition to cleaning rainwater drains on both sides of Shahra-e-Faisal, adjacent checkpoints like FTC, Nursery, Gulshan-e-Zafar, Tipu Sultan Road, Karsaz, Drag Road, Star Gate are also included.
It was decided in the meeting that garbage from all drains would be dumped at Jam Chakra and TP One dump sites.
On the other hand, the local government department, in collaboration with the army and Rangers, will eliminate encroachments on drains.
The meeting was informed that KMC has 38 drains and all of them are being cleaned under the World Bank project ‘Sweep’.
Apart from KMC, DMC has 514 small drains and they are responsible for cleaning for which the Sindh government is providing additional funds to them.
It was also informed that there are some cantonment and KWSB drains in the city for which the government of Sindh provides funds for cleaning of MC drains.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said that rainwater had accumulated at Liaqatabad and Sher Shah Suri Road where the pillars of green line infrastructure have been constructed.
He said that due to encroachments on Kashmir Colony and Gulistan-e-Jauhar on Orangi Nalla, drainage was not possible.
Murad Ali Shah said that the recent monsoon received 63 to 86 mm of rain in one hour while the existing infrastructure of the city has the capacity to withstand 30 mm of rain in 30 minutes.
Earlier, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah had said that Rs 463 million had been released for cleaning drains and other related expenses keeping in view the needs of rain emergency.
It may be recalled that the monsoon season had started in Karachi earlier this month and a few hours of rain had opened the floodgates of administrative claims.
The rains not only flooded the city’s main highways and low-lying areas but also flooded homes in various parts of the city, while in the third spell of the monsoon, large parts of the city were accumulated with water due to overflowing of drains.
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