LAHORE The Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) has failed to meet the deadline set for desilting drains and sewage in the City before the monsoon. A survey conducted by The Nation on Tuesday revealed that the WASA authorities wantonly ignored the low-lying, backward and underdeveloped areas of the City and even could not start desilting there within the time frame stipulated by the provincial government and CDG authorities. It was also discovered that the WASA focussed on desilting of sewage in posh areas only while neglected the choked drains of various low-lying areas. The higher authorities failed to provide sophisticated tools to the WASA officials working in different low-lying areas that not only delayed the desilting campaign, but also caused interruption in routine sewage desilting process, WASA officials at Badami Bagh and Misri Shah Subdivisions requesting anonymity said. They said that the authorities concerned had promised that all the subdivisions of the City, particularly those considered troubled areas during rainy seasons, would be equipped with modern tools in order to minimise the risk to the lives of WASA workers and improve their performance. Without such sophisticated tools, essential machinery and other equipment, cleaning and desilting of the most complicated drainage and sewerage systems of the City particularly that of the low-lying residential localities would prove to be a tough task for the WASA workers, they added. They said that the higher authorities of the department seemed helpless in this regard because almost half of the essential and sophisticated machinery of WASA was out-of-order and could not be repaired immediately due to the lack of funds with the department. The officials said that a number of sanitary workers lost their lives due to unavailability of certain equipment and life-saving kits in the past. Entering into a choked manhole without essential devices involves risk to the life of a sanitary worker. They seem dissatisfied with the equipment provided to them by the department for achieving the target, they maintained. They were of the view that timely start of de-silting campaign in low-lying areas could save the people from troubles and nuisance. When contacted, WASA Managing Director Dr Javed Iqbal and DMD Iqtedar Shah were not available for their comments on the matter.