KHALID MALIK

LAHORE - Stagnant water in the city has ridiculed the claims of district administration to have braced for monsoon rains.

Prior to monsoon, civic bodies like Lahore Development Authority (LDA) and Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa) as well as the district administration had issued handouts quoting their heads saying that the authorities would leave no stone unturned to cope with monsoon management.

Several localities, after the recent downpour, have been presenting pond-like looks. These include China Scheme, Shadbagh, Chah Miran, Ghoray Shah, Singhpura, Misri Shah, Ek Moriya Pul, Wassanpura, Chamra Mandi, Badami Bagh, Tezab Ahata, Kot Khawaja Saeed, Shahdara.

The areas of Mughalpura, Salamatpura, Sodiwal, Shadipura, Tajbagh Scheme are being reported to have been hit massively by the rain.

Some areas like Babu Sabu, Sherakot, Gulshan-e-Ravi, Sabzazaar Colony, Thokar Niaz Baig Ichra, Wahdat Road and Shah Jamal are still inundated with rainwater.

Besides those, some roads and streets of Gulberg, Allama Iqbal Town, Muslim Town, Garden Town, Township, Johar Town, Green Town, Nishtar Town and Samanabad are still flooded, proving the lack of interest and poor performance of the authorities concerned. Not to mention the generators, used for water pumps, running out of order but the supply of fuel is being documented, ironically.

The residential and commercial inhabitants of these rain-hit areas have been facing huge problems reaching other areas due to stagnant water in homes, streets and on the roads for last six days. It has been a great trouble for the workers and students to attend their offices and educational institutions, as the rainwater is blocking the movement.

They have said that officials of Wasa and other departments are seemed reluctant in redressing their complaints about chalked sewerage system, which is the main cause of inundation. They have added that deep holes and dilapidated conditions of roads and streets are another cause of stagnation.

They blamed the government authorities as responsible for such situation. The continued, “Wasa and other concerned departments failed fail to desilt chalked drains and sewerages. We had to pump out the rainwater ourselves from our houses.”

However, DCO Capt Muhammad Usman visited some of the above-mentioned localities to review performance of Wasa, LWMC officials and town administrations in various parts of the city. He also visited Sabzi Mandi in Badami Bagh, where he was told by Wasa officials about the heaps of garbage: the main hurdle in draining out rainwater from the premises. The DCO also visited Gulshan-e-Ravi and Noor Jahan Road where he directed the officials to fill the deep holes in the areas.

Meanwhile, Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) Chairman Khawaja Ahmad Hassan visited northern part of city to monitor the condition and sanitation arrangements after three-day-long stormy and heavy spells of rain.

He also toured less privileged localities of Do Moriya Pul, Cooperative Store Chowk, Swami Nagar, Kot Khawaja Saeed, Tezab Ahata, Misri Shah, Wassan Pura, Shadbagh and Walled City area. Wasa Operations Manager Suhail Anwar Malik, Communication Manager Jamil Khawar and other concerned officials also accompanied him.

Hassan informed that he had special instructions of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to take steps for providing masses with sufficient relief.

He was of the view that the LWMC had managed to maintain the best possible standard of cleanliness, despite having holiday and absence of Christian workers who were busy in celebrating their religious festival of ‘Mela Maryam Abad’.