KARACHI   -   Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has approved Rs 700 million grant for relief work being carried out in the rain affected areas of Sindh. He approved the amount in a meeting on relief work in all the rain affected districts of the province here on Friday.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister Sindh directed the officials concerned for taking appropriate action like provision of food, mosquito nets, tents, and distribution of fodder for cattle in the rain-hit areas.

The meeting was attended by Advisor on Law Murtaza Wahab, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, SMBR/Relief Commissioner Qazi Shahid Parvez, Commissioner Karachi Sohail Rajput, Administrator KMC Iftikhar Shallwani, Secretary Finance Hassan Naqi and other concerned officials.

The Chief Minister said that he had visited rain-affected areas in Karachi, Mirpurkhas, Umerkot, Tharparkar, Sanghar and Badin and found people were in problems.

“We, as a government, have tried to provide relief to the affected people but it was not enough,” he said and added that the people in rural areas were demanding fodder and mosquito nets for them and their cattle. Reviewing the funds position for the relief work, the Chief Minister directed Secretary Finance Hassan Naqvi to immediately release Rs700 million and put them on the disposal of SMBR and PDMA. The SMBR told the Chief Minister that his department and PDMA would provide every kind of relief and support to the rain-hit people but as far as provision of fodder and vet support was concerned it was the job of the Livestock department.

Sindh Chief Secretary Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah said that the Livestock department had already set up their vet camps at Malir, Surjani, Badin, Umerkot, Mirpurkhas, Sanghar and Tharparkar.

He assured the Chief Minister that the Livestock department would provide fodder for the cattle in the rain-affected areas. The Chief Minister also said that he was working out a plan to arrange funds to support the rain affected people and rehabilitate them at the earliest.

The Commissioner Karachi briefed the Chief Minister about the building collapsed at Allahwala Town-Korangi that it was a 80-square yard plot which was divided into two plots, 40 square each, and had constructed building ground plus three.  The building was constructed without approval of the Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA). The collapse of the building caused four lives and injured seven others, he said.

The CM directed the commissioner to identify other vulnerable buildings in the area and get them vacated. It was pointed out that the Allahwala Town was a private society and had no drainage system. The water was stagnant in the area which might had collapsed the building.

The Commissioner said that there were 194 drainage lines choked in the city, of them 154 had been restored, therefore not only overflow of gutters had come to an end in most of the areas but rain water had also been disposed of, except a few areas including Surjani and some villages of Malir. The CM was told that patch work of some of the dilapidated roads had been started.

The Works & Services department has yet to start repair of major roads of district Central for which the Chief Minister directed Chief Secretary to mobilize the works department at the earliest.

Administrator KMC Iftikhar Shahalwani told the CM that he was working hard to serve the city.

At this the Sindh Chief Minister said that he wanted to make city neat and clean for which the KMC, DMCs and the Solid Waste Management Board have to work together.