RAWALPINDI  - Torrential rains during Eid holidays have exposed tall claims made by the departments concerned of Tehsil Municipal Authority (TMA), Water and Sanitation Authority (WASA) and district government about Sanitation and Cleanliness.
Earlier, it was claimed by the authorities concerned that all nullahs and drains of the city have been cleared of silt and solid waste and now, there is no danger of flood during this monsoon season. But, heavy rain on first and third day of Eid exposed the tall claims of arrangements as several main areas of the city were submerged in rain water.
All the arrangements were exposed when rainwater choked the entire drainage system mainly of low lying areas and turned several roads including roads of Muslim town, Kuri road, Chara road and other areas into ponds of water.
Heavy downpour on Monday and Wednesday during eid holidays brought great problems for the citizens in different localities of Rawalpindi like Tench Bhata, People’s Colony, Ghausia intersection, Jan colony, Sher zaman colony, Misriyaal road, PIA Colony, Habib Colony, Gwalmandi, Daryaabad, Mareer intersection, Mareer bridge, Dhowk Chiragh Deen, Afshan Colony, Nadeem Colony, Javed Colony, Chamanzar Colony, Arya Mohallah, Sadiqabad, Rahimabad, Ratta Amral, Dhoke Najju, Jamia Masjid Road, Bohar Bazaar, Banni Chowk, Rehmatabad, Akhtarabad, Amarpura, Dhoke Elahi Bakhsh, Kohati Bazaar and Zia-Ul-Haq Colony.
The residents faced great difficulties because rainwater inundated streets and gushed into their houses due to poor cleanliness arrangements made by the authorities concerned of Cantonment Board Rawalpindi, Chaklala, TMA, WASA and district government.
The residents complained that after rains, water remains inundated on the roads and streets and creates inconvenience for them. Rainwater made life miserable particularly for residents of low-lying areas, whereas power outages were also reported in the different parts of the city soon after the rain started. Several main roads and residential colonies turned into small streams and lakes.
Meanwhile, rain lashed parts of the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi on Monday morning making the weather pleasant on first day of Eid-ul-Fitr.
The rain, which started at the time of Eid prayer, gave a sigh of relief to the faithfuls at mosques and Eidgahs and reduced the intensity of prevailing hot and humid weather conditions.
A large number of people thronged recreational spots, including Pir Sohawa, Damn-i-Koh, Lake View Park and Fatima Jinnah Park in the Federal Capital and Jinnah Park, Ayub Park and Public Park in Rawalpindi to celebrate the Eid festival in befitting manner.
Liaqat, a visitor at Lake View Park said, “My family was worried that how we will visit some picnic spot on Eid day in humid and hot weather but the sudden rain in morning has made us happy”. He said the rain has lessened the severity of humidity and we are enjoying the Eid.
The faithfuls were praying during the last decade of Ramadan for rain due to increased humidity. The sudden rain during Eid prayer time brought smiles on their faces.
Amir Raza, a faithful, said “The Eid looses its charm if the weather is hot and humid, because it restrain the people to stay at home.However, today’s rain made the faithfuls at mosques happy”.    
The faithfuls faced problems due to the heavy rain while reaching their homes but still they enjoyed the weather, he said. According the weather experts, monsoon currents are penetrating into central and upper parts of the country which will cause scattered rain and thundershower in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Sargodah, Faisalabad and Gujranwala divisions during next 24 hours.
However, the weather will remain hot and humid in rest of the Punjab province.