LAHORE – The preparations for pre-monsoon arrangements are in full swing in the City and the government plans to purchase 50 heavy machines for desilting of drains under a monitoring system and a master plan prepared by the government for the cleaning of drains and sewerage system, sources informed TheNation on Tuesday.

They further informed that the government had allowed the district administration to recruit 600 work-charged employees for enhancing the efficiency during the monsoon season.

“The government has also allowed the district administration to use a fleet of more than 300 vehicles of different departments to help the Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa) during the rainy season and make its operational capabilities more efficient, they added.

A spokesman of the City District Government Lahore (CDGL) informed this scribe that a helpline No 1334 had also been established for registration of public complaints regarding stagnation of water during rain because of chalked drainage and sewerage system in any area of the City and for ensuring immediate redress of complaints of the citizens during the monsoon season. He further said that government allocated a huge amount of Rs 447.255 million for desilting of drains and sewerage but such project would be started during monsoon and would continue for the whole year and would be completed during the current fiscal year.

He said that in order to cope with any emergency like situation in monsoon, Lahore Division Commissioner Jawad Rafiq Malik issued orders to cancel leave of the concerned staff and to fix their round-the-clock duties.

The spokesman added that the Commissioner directed the officers of Police, Irrigation, Water and Sanitation Agency, Lahore Development Authority, Parks and Horticulture Authority, Lahore Waste Management Company to prepare a plan through which any emergent situation could be handled. He also directed the Civil Defence and Rescue 1122 to remain alert during the monsoon. He further directed the officers to make alternative arrangement of machinery including disposal pumps and generators for smooth flow of rain water from the low lying areas.  Malik directed the officers of health department to make available the first aid medical equipments, medicines and vaccines in all the basic health centers.