LAHORE – Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed all the concerned departments to work in close coordination to complete every arrangement before the onset of the rainy season so that people could not face problem during monsoon.

The CM said this while presiding over a meeting on pre-monsoon arrangements held at Minar-e-Pakistan tent office on Tuesday.

Shahbaz Sharif said that model adopted regarding monsoon season in the provincial metropolis should be replicated in all cities of the province. He said that instead of relying on electricity, alternative sources should be utilised for the uninterrupted supply of drinking water to the citizens. He directed elected representatives and government officers to pay regular visits to different areas to personally ensure availability of drinking water.

The chief minister said that electronic monitoring system had been evolved to monitor arrangements for the rainy season while the complaint cell at WASA headquarters was fully operational to facilitate the masses.

 He said that people could contact helpline 1334 in case of shortage of drinking water or any complaint concerning WASA.

He directed that an effective mechanism should also be developed for addressing public complaints immediately. 

He said that arrangements should be made for the drainage of rainwater from the low-lying areas during monsoon season while de-silting of drains and rainwater channels should also be completed in every respect before the start of the rainy season. He said that availability of generators and staff at all disposal stations should be ensured. 

The chief minister granted approval to recruitment of 600 work charge employees in WASA on emergency basis. He directed Chairman Punjab Information Technology Board to devise an effective online system for receiving public feedback regarding the arrangements and measures for monsoon so that factual position could be ascertained.

MNA Mian Marghoob Ahmed, MPAs, Ramzan Siddique Bhatti, Mehr Ishtiaq Ahmed, Secretaries Housing and Planning departments and heads of development authorities were present on the occasion.