The authorities concerned have been directed to complete all arrangements for cleaning 11 tributaries of Nullah Leh before beginning of expected monsoon rains is to be started from last week of this month, according to Meteorological Department. month.
According to a Commissioner Office spokesperson, the Commissioner directed the officers to complete the task as soon as possible as there was always a threat of flood in low-lying areas which needs to be minimized by clearing the garbage heaps so that flow of water could be improved in Nullah Leh and its main tributaries.
He directed the Rawalpindi Waste Management Company (RWMC) and WASA officers to pay special attention to other vulnerable areas including Ratta Amral, Katariyaan, Dhoke Najju, Tipu Road, Gawalmandi, Zai ul Haq Colony and other areas.
He also instructed RWMC to clear garbage heaps from all areas of the city as well as the solid waste dumped in Nullahs which not only increases flood threat but causes environmental hazards as well.
Moreover, he said, Municipal Corporation and WASA would be held accountable for any kind of encroachment at the banks of the tributaries.
Syed Gulzar Hussain Shah said that through disaster management training, the administration could curtail the level of damages in natural disasters by adopting necessary safety measures so there is a dire need to spread awareness among masses in this regard.