LAHORE - A high-level meeting under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday decided to adopt a consolidated strategy for the early rehabilitation of infrastructure in the flood-hit areas in order to settle the affectees in their homes, while a number of important decisions are also taken in the meeting for the flood-hit people. The meeting also decided that call centres would be established in the affected districts for providing immediate relief to the marooned people in case of emergency. Similarly, control centres would be established at district and tehsil level where people would be able to contact the authorities concerned for the solution of their problems. Senator Parvaiz Rasheed, Chief Secretary, Chairman Planning and Development, Secretaries Finance and Information, Chairman Punjab Board of Information Technology, Director General Provincial Disaster Management Authority and senior officers concerned were present in the meeting. All District Coordination Officers and DPOs would inform the people through the press about their mobile as well as landline telephone numbers for this purpose. While, immediate action would be taken on the calls received at the control centres. Similarly, reception centres would be established at the entry points of the affected districts for providing guidance to the philanthropists regarding provision of assistance directly to the relief camps. Regarding rehabilitation of infrastructure in flood-stricken areas, the meeting decided to delegate further powers to the provincial secretaries for undertaking development projects up to Rs 100 million. However, third-party audit system would be compulsory for these schemes. The chief minister said that Punjab government was standing with the flood-affected people in these testing times and all out resources were being utilised for their help and assistance. He stressed upon the departments concerned to make concerted efforts for the rehabilitation of infrastructure in the flood affected areas and solution of the problems of the affectees and no effort should be spared in this regard. He said that tents were being provided in the flood-hit areas on priority basis and arrangements have been made for the provision of 10 thousands more tents for the affectees. Moreover, he said, orders had been placed for the supply of a further 20 thousand tents to the affectees. He said that in addition to these, tents would continue to be provided to the calamity-stricken people in accordance with their needs. He said that four C-130 planes were taking relief goods to the affected areas. The chief minister directed that solid measures should be taken for the solution of the problems of the affectees and restoration of infrastructure in the devastated areas. Shahbaz Sharif said that mapping of flood-hit areas should be carried out to assess damage to infrastructure. He said that DCOs of the affected districts should point out problems, while the departments concerned should take immediate measures for their solution. He directed that Health, Communication and Works, Local Government, Irrigation, Water Supply and Education Departments should maintain a close coordination with each other to speed up the rehabilitation process in a consolidated manner. The CM said that provincial secretaries would be authorised to undertake development schemes worth up to Rs 100 million in the devastated areas. He said that development work should be undertaken in the calamity-hit areas with a religious spirit and the best and the most honest contractors should be selected for carrying out development activities expeditiously and in a highly transparent manner. He said that dead animals were causing stench in the flood-hit areas and immediate steps should be taken for burying their carcasses. The CM said that dewatering sets should be installed in the areas where there was no system for the drainage of floodwater, while breaches in dykes should also be plugged. He also directed to evolve a strategy for the reconstruction of the villages, which have been washed away by the flood. He also directed Commissioner Lahore Division to keep a watchful eye in the water situation in the river Ravi. Chief Secretary Punjab Nasir Mehmood Khosa gave a detailed briefing to the meeting regarding relief and rehabilitation activities for the flood victims. He said that 26 mechanical tandoors had been set-up in the flood-affected areas, while an order had been placed for a further 50 thousand packets of dry ration.