LAHORE - Instead of providing relief to the citizens, the operation clean-up and excavation work for commencement of various development projects in the city are not only posing a threat to the surrounding buildings, but are also a major nuisance for general public, a survey conducted by The Nation revealed on Wednesday. Pre-monsoon rains also failed almost all the plans of the district administration in this regard and resulted in stagnation of rainwater in such excavations, which are mostly at roadsides of various busy sections and residential areas. They are yet to be filled or repaired as higher authorities of City District Government have directed all the departments concerned to complete work on all the ongoing development projects of the city before monsoon. However, the slow pace of work on the newly launched development schemes on part of the contractors and the 'vigilant officials of all the departments concerned including Water and Sanitation Agency, Lahore Development Authority, Parks and Horticulture Authority, Traffic Engineering and Planning Agency, Road Department, Works and Planning department is adding to the miseries of the public. The excavation work itself is a nuisance as it is causing hurdle in routine flow of traffic on various roads such as Lawrence Road, Garhi Shahu Chowk, Allama Iqbal Road, Queens Road, service road of The Mall and some other roads and streets. It is also affecting business activities. It may be mentioned here that the CDGL launched anti-encroachment operation about two months ago and during the operation clean up, the officials and squads of different towns ruthlessly demolished structures and even roadsides just to show their performance. They did a great job perhaps as they thought that digging of bricked roadsides is also part of their duty and fall in encroachments. But later, no one even authorities concerned returned to repair these roadsides, which now have been converted into deep holes and further are presenting picture of small ponds particularly during and after rains. However, the officials accomplished their target of digging these roadsides, removed debris from some areas and then forgot that such sites are needed to be repaired. They only damaged the beauty of some of the major roads but also de-shaped the roads as well. When contacted, authorities concerned said these are public welfare projects and would be completed soon while the town authorities are busy in loading trucks with encroached items despite the fact that they have no place to dump them in their warehouses. The staffers of anti-encroachment squads, by taking advantage of this opportunity, are minting money from the shopkeepers, restaurant owners, pushcart and donkey cart vendors and roadside stall holders by releasing their goods on spot.