Deptts to be vigilant to face flood-like situations: Qaim

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Karachi—Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has directed local government and irrigation departments to be alert to face forthcoming flood like situation.
Therefore, the cleanliness work of nalas and strengthening of embankments of River Indus must be continued on war footings. This he said while presiding over an emergent meeting here at CM House on Monday, said a statement.
The meeting discussed matters related to cleanliness of nalas and strengthening of embankments of River Indus.
The meeting was attended by Senior Minister for Education Nisar Khuhro, Minister Health Jam Mehtab Dahar, Local Government Minister Jam Khan Shoro, Chief Secretary Siddique Memon, Principal Secretary to CM Alamuddin Bullo, SMBR Rizwan Memon, Secretary Irrigation Zaheer Hyder Shah and various other senior officers. Chief Mythologists Rasheed briefing the meeting said that about 50 to 55 mm rain was expected in Tharparkar, Umerkot, Badin, Thatta and Karachi on July 12 and 13 but there was no chance of heavy storm.
Minister Local Government Jam Khan Shoro said that there were 30 major nalas in the city, of them six most important nalas were being cleared through heavy machinery. He said that the DMCs of the city have around 520 nalas and they were also cleaning them.
He said that most of the nalas were massively encroached. Giving the examples Mahmoodabad nala he said its 1.5 kilometer was badly encroached where machinery could not be landed or moved. “We have started manual work to clean these portions,” he said and added that on Gujjar Nala some 16 choked points were identified and then most of them have been cleared to carry storm water drain.
Shoro said that the work orders for de-silting of four major nalas have been issued. The de-silting of all the nalas at a time was quite difficult.
The Gujjar Nala is 14 kilometer long. In the first phase the KMC was working to clear most dumped/choked areas and after that the excavation would be continued till next six month. “Though it is a temporary work but even then it would cater to the need of next one year,” he said. The CM Sindh said that the actual width of the nalas is around 200 ft but they have reduced to 8 to 10 feet now but at some points hardly four feet width have been left by encroachers.
On this Jam Khan Shoro said that 30,000 families were settled along and on the Gujjar Nala. “We will have to bring a major scheme to remove encroachment and line these nalas with

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