Karachi administrator Laeeq Ahmed directed officials and related departments on Wednesday to make arrangements for the upcoming monsoon season and devise a strategy to drain the rainwater.
The administrator was speaking at a meeting on rain emergencies, where he directed relevant engineers to carry out detailed surveys of likely rain- and tail-tip areas and instructed Works and Services and other relevant departments to develop joint strategies for rain emergencies.
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“Departments should exchange a full list of officers and their staff to ensure staff availability around the clock [during the monsoon season], “he said.” We must have maximum manpower and functional mechanical resources, as well as alternative arrangements. “
The administrator further stated that given past experiences, drainage of rainwater, especially those collected in underpasses, must be ensured. He added that proper lighting of the underpass must also be ensured ahead of the rainy season.
“[Dewatering] “The pump must remain available at all times and in view of the forecast for heavy rains this year, emergency measures must be taken so that residents do not face any inconvenience,” he said.
According to Ahmed, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) currently has 17 drainage pumps for drainage, and with the purchase of four more pumps, rainwater will drain more quickly.
He said at the meeting that during the rainy season, government staff stationed throughout the city would be supervised by engineers and executive engineers from the Department of Works and Services and an uninterrupted supply of fuel for vehicles carrying water drain pumps would be ensured.
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The administrator further directed relevant officials to ensure that the city-wide drainage system remained functional at all times during the rainy season and immediately dispatched assistance to clean underpasses and drainage drains when complaints were received.
“Priority should be given to areas where complaints of rainwater buildup have been reported in the past,” he instructed.
Ending the meeting, he asked officials to immediately make arrangements to deal with the rain emergency, immediately removing obstructions from the drainage channel. The administrator also stated that the government would be approached for more resources if needed.