LAHORE - Another heavy downpour on Tuesday flooded several localities exposing tall claims of the best arrangements by civic agencies to minimise the havoc of monsoon. The reason behind the flood on roads and streets are failure of plans made by WASA to redress the grievances of people who remain deprived of any respite whenever monsoon sets in. Before the start of monsoon WASA put into force monsoon action plan to desilt all the drains. But regretfully, like every year, the plan dashed to ground when second monsoon rain lashed the city. Observing the situation, CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif came to rescue the people and WASA had to put into force monsoon crash programme which was reported to have collapsed after the two days torrential rain. Lahorites fear that if merely 38 mm rain could turn the city into ponds and lakes, then how might they be rescued in heavy rain. Uninterrupted rain, varying in consistency from drizzle to heavy showers, whipped up the city, changed the entire picture of the city into big ponds and lakes causing a lot of problems to the commuters, passers-by and residents. The day was heavily overcast at noon and rain hammered the city early in the morning and lasted till 4:00 pm, bringing the mercury down to 23 Celsius and almost blocking all outdoor activities. Traffic came to a grinding halt for several hours in many areas including Gulberg, Model Town, DHA and other posh localities. Motorcyclists suffered the most as many broke down in knee-deep water. The heavy rain paralyzed normal life, as several low-lying areas were inundated. The emergency cell of city district government received a deluge of frantic calls from various flooded localities, seeking help. Sanitation squads rushed to some troubled areas and pumped the water out. Wasa remained found helpless to remove the water in minimum time proving its incompetence. As many as 492 dewatering sets were to be installed in the entire City reserving 71 for low-lying areas under the monsoon action plan. Main storage of dewatering sets were to be maintained at the Mian Out Fall, however, installation could not be executed as per plan, showing delinquency on the part of authority concerned. The solid waste management department maintaining the drainage system of the Walled City and all the inter-city drains could not complete desilting work by June 30. As the downpour hit the city people remained stranded into their houses. Traffic jam was witnessed. The localities which suffered most included Shahdra, Data Nagar, Qila Lachman Singh, Dev Samaj Road, Tajpura, Chungi Amr Sidhu, Kot Lakhpat, Township, Nisbat Road, Samanabad, GT Road (from Eik Morya Pul to Cooperative Store), Ichra, Shah Kamal, Garhi Shahu, Wassanpura, Purani Anarkali, Mozang and others.  Bagh Gul Begum, Allama Iqbal Town, Wahdat Colony, Gulshan-e-Ravi, Shadbagh, Misri Shah, New Chauburji, Gulfishan Colony, Bagbanpura and Mughalpura.