All drains, Nullahs across metropolis to be cleaned

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Expected heavy downpour during current monsoon season

Our Correspondent

All stormwater drains and Nallahs across the metropolis must be cleaned without any delay in view of an expected heavy downpour during current Monsoon season.
In this regard, funds have been released to the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) and all District Municipal Corporations (DMCs), for the task, no negligence would, therefore, be tolerable to this effect.
The Chief Secretary Sindh Maj. (Retd) Azam Suleman Khan expressed these instructions while presiding a meeting regarding preparedness and contingency planning for Monsoon season– 2018.
He categorically noted that the foolproof arrangements to cater monsoon– 2018 must be carried out devotedly under the coordinated efforts of Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Sindh Solid Waste Management Board (SSWMB), Divisional, District Administration and all Municipal Authorities including Cantonment Boards, DHA and all other Civic Agencies.
Azam Suleman Khan expressed these views while presiding a high-level meeting regarding the strategic line of action to combat Monsoon-2018, held in Sindh Secretariat this afternoon, which was also attended by the Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar, and other senior officers.
The Chief Secretary stressed the need to do the needful efforts to eradicate the post-rain difficulties, for saving the human lives properties and cattle, in the larger national interest.
He maintained that all Deputy Commissioners being the focal persons of their districts remain actively coordinated with all the stakeholders. Chief Secretary emphasized upon Mayor and Commissioner Karachi to ensure the acute safety arrangements for Karachi in collaboration with PDMA and Sindh Solid Waste Management Board. He categorically noted that all Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners ensure safety arrangements at their level, while cleanliness of storm/sewerage water and disposal of solid waste should also be accorded in accordance with rules & regulation of Local Bodies and SSWMB, including other responsible institutions.
Mayor KMC, Waseem Akhtar said all necessary arrangement has been prepared for cleaning of Nallahs, and all other places, while we feel difficulty in removing the garbage from Nallahs where the number of cables are disturbing owned by KE, which has been requested to remove them, but all in vain.
Maj. (Retd) Azam Suleman Khan also advised keeping in view the Gen-Election 2018, are being conducted in monsoon era. SMBR, Mayar KMC, Commissioner Karachi and other senior officers also briefed. Secretary Local Government Khalid Hyder Shah briefed about release of funds. Chief Secretary noted that the other meeting on this matter will be arranged.
It may be mentioned that KMC and all DMCs have been furnished the funds with the specific reference of Monsoon-2018, thus Chief Secretary instructed to start cleanliness of Nallah, henceforth.He ordered that met office must be kept in touch carefully, as a prediction regarding Karachi should be strictly followed.

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