KHANEWAL - While taking notice of the media reports, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif directed the authorities concerned to prepare a comprehensive plan for improving water supply, and sewerage system to provide best facilities to the citizens and to meet the future needs.

In this connection, Punjab CM Inspection Team (CMIT) members including Provincial Parliamentary Secretary Muhammad Ramzan Sadiq Bhatti, Secretary Housing Dr Arshad Mehmood and Secretary Local Government Khalid Masood paid a surprise visit and inspected sewerage system in different areas of the city. DCO Khalid Mehmood Sheikh, District Press Club President and it executive member Nadeem Mughal and other officers of the departments concerned also present on the occasion.

The CMIT members visited Islam Park, Kachari Bazaar, Makki Chowk, Abbas Nagar, Jaswant Nagar and other areas of the city and reviewed drainage system.  

On the occasion, the residents told the inspection team that they were facing high risk of breakout of diseases owing to the absence of sewerage lines in the streets.

More than two feet of water accumulate in low-lying areas, forming ponds of dirty water, as there was no proper drainage system available in the area, they added.

They said that during rainy season, contaminated water stand everywhere in the streets.

On the occasion, the CMIT members stressed the local authorities to immediately start de-silting of drains and complete all arrangements for drainage of rainwater before the onset of monsoon. They said that strict action would be taken in case of complaints regarding accumulation of rainwater.

They also ordered the Public Health Engineering and TMA to work out a plan under the supervision of the DCO to solve the issue and ordered them to send a report within eight days to the CMIT.