CS reviews preparations for monsoon rains

Salim Ahmed

Lahore—Chief Secretary Punjab Capt (R) Zahid Saeed has directed the district coordination officers (DCOs) and relevant departments to finalize arrangements for monsoon rains and remain alert to deal with any untoward situation.
He was chairing a video link meeting to review preparations for monsoon rains at Civil Secretariat here on Thursday. He said that in monsoon plan special measures should be taken for draining rainwater from low-lying areas.
He ordered that de-silting of drains and nullahs be carried out and all machinery be kept operational for draining rainwater during monsoon season. He also issued instructions regarding removal of debris from sites of development projects.
He said that the departments concerned should pay special attention to enhance their capability to deal with natural disasters and should extend full cooperation to district administrations in making effective arrangements for monsoon rains.
The Chief Secretary directed the Secretary Housing to conduct inspection of de-watering sets and other equipment in districts. Representative of Local Government and Community Development Department told the meeting that TMAs have completed all necessary preparations for monsoon rains and officers of the department have visited different Tehsils for checking arrangements.
He said that instructions have been issued to TMAs for making special measures for draining rainwater from low-lying areas. The meeting was attended by Secretary Finance, Secretary Local Government, DCO Lahore, managing directors of WASA and other officers.

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