RAWALPINDI - Secretary Housing Urban Development and Public Health Engineering Department Dr Arshad Mehmood on Friday directed M/s ZKB to clean all the construction waste from Nullah Leh at Rialto Chowk for smooth flow of water in monsoon season.

He said that no negligence would be tolerated and strict action would be taken against the firm if water got blocked in Leh owing to rubble being dropped by the labourers of the construction company.

M/S ZKB is a constructing firm that is making bridge at Rialto Chowk on Murree Road in connection with Metro Bus Service Project.

The secretary issued these directions upon his visit to city to inspect the arrangements being made by civic bodies to tackle possible flood in monsoon season. The secretary visited different points of Nullah Leh including Katarian Bridge and watched the water flow caused by heavy rain that hit the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

He was accompanied by Water an Sanitation Agency (WASA) Managing Director (MD) Raja Shaukat Mehmood, Deputy MD Amir Rashid and Director Sewerage Aziz Ullah Khan. WASA MD Raja Shaukat on the occasion briefed the secretary that a total of 70 percent water dropped in Nullah Leh in case of rain from the areas of Islamabad that included Saidpur, Bokra, PMDC, Golra and its suburbs while 11 tributaries in the city were also flown in the city nullah.

He told that WASA has completed dredging work of the nullah in April whereas the cleanliness work of sewerage system has also been completed before monsoon in the city. “A total of six rapid respond teams comprising skilled workers are discharging duties in four sectors including Liaquat Bagh, Khayaban-e-Sir Syed, Moti Mehal and Commercial Market to help out people in case of any emergency,” said Raja Shaukat. Later, Secretary Housing Urban Development and Public Health Engineering Department Dr Arshad Mehmood visited low-lying areas located along banks of Leh at Katarian Bridge, Pirwadhai and Gawalmandi. He directed MD WASA all the staff and machinery should be put on alert to compete any challenge in the city and the people should also be provided help in case of rains in the city.