District Admin directs WASA to ensure inspection of drainage system
LAHORE—The district administration has directed the Water & Sanitation Agency (WASA) for regular inspection of drainage and sanitation system and disposal of storm water to avoid any emergency during the current monsoon season in the city.
The instructions were given to WASA, Lahore Waste Management Company and town administration by WASA Vice Chairman MPA Chaudhry Shahbaz Ahmad and DCO Lahore Muhammad Usman, during a meeting held to review monsoon arrangements on Wednesday.
WASA was assigned the task to regularly monitor and evaluate the performance of its staff to overcome the problems of sanitation, drainage and disposal of storm water.
A nine-member special committee, headed by AC City, was constituted to highlight dangerous points along the metro train route. Officials from LDA, WASA, LWMC and district administration were included in the committee.
The WASA management will engage more than 3,000 workers for monsoon operation and strict action will be initiated against the officials for any negligence in this regard.
Chaudhry Shahbaz also issued instructions for taking measures to avoid any breach in drains of the city during rains.
Meanwhile, following the standard operating procedures of the government, WASA will set up emergency relief points throughout the city at town level to drain out rainwater from low-lying areas.
WASA will provide 44 water-sucking machines, 250 de-watering pumps to its staff to cope with emergencies during rains.
The operation staff will ensure provision of other machinery and staff at the emergency points including disposal stations, while heavy generators were ready to launch an operation during any emergency or a power outage.
The DCO directed the WASA authorities to develop close liaison with the Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) to ensure disposal of garbage and solid waste from city and around the drains.
WASA will set up more than 50 emergency points to tackle any emergency after rain. These centres will remain functional round-the-clock till the monsoon season is over.—APP
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