LAHORE - Despite the consecutive monsoon rains over the last three days, except some areas, larger part of the City remained saved from coming under heavy water. Indeed the credit goes to Wasa which made foolproof arrangements to remove all ponding-points that always turned into cesspools after even a less intensity shower. It happened for the first time in the history of Lahore that it rained but the City did not present picture of lakes and ponds. People belonging to different section of the society had lauded Wasa administration for fulfilling its commitment to make the City free of rainwater. Lakshmi Chowk, GPO Chowk, Kashmir Road, Agerton Road, Cooper Road, Bashir Sons, Ek Moria Bridge, Lytton Road, Jail Road, Garhi Shahu and some other areas were the most vulnerable areas that were inundated whenever monsoon rain lashed out the City. However, it has been raining over the last some days, but these critical points did not face flood-like situation. Before the onset of monsoon, Wasa launched an action plan at the cost of Rs 1 billion under which most of submerging points were removed by rehabilitating roads, laying down sewerage and drainage lines, desilting with modern machinery, enhancing disposal capacity to flush out rainwater in minimum time, setting up 33 emergency centres and establishing central room to monitor the performance of officials. The submerging points that were removed included Lakshmi Chowk, GPO, Kashmir Road, Agerton Road, Cooper Road, Bashir Sons, Rehman Gallian, Ek Moria Bridge, Lytton Road, Plaza Cinema, Nabha Road, Church Road, Mozang Road, Shadman, Shah Jamal, Waris Road, Galaxy Plaza, Park Lane Road, Chauburji, Lake Road, PU Ground, HCC, Rawaz Garden, Sanda Road, Fazlia Colony, SSP office Dev Samaj Road, Firdous Market, Kalma Chowk, Central Point, Gari Shahu, Muhammad Nagar, Bibi Pak Daman, Empress Road, Railway Station, Akbar Chowk, Hussain Chowk, Barkat Market, L-Block Gulberg, Tipu Block Garden Town, Model Town Link Road, Mini Market Gulberg, Do Moria Bridge, Rahim Road, Aziz Road, Umer Din Road, Chowk Na-Khusa, Sheraanwala Gate, Bhatti Gate, Main Road Shahdara, Lajpat Road, Timber Market. Shalimar Town includes Haq Nawaz Road, Toheed Park, Angoori Cinema, Police Station (Mugulpura), Shah Kamal Road, Begum Pura, Baghehi Saithan, UET GT Road, Scheme More, Rachna Block Road, Al-Hamad Colony, Poonch Road, Millat Chowk, Multan Road (Bhalla Stop), Sultan Ahmed Road Remanpura, Zaildar Road, Icchra, Chowk Yateem Khana, and Aziz Bhatti Town includes Infantry Road, Allama Iqbal Road (Mustafabad). The authority concerned also carried out de-silting operation thrice in 9 primary drains (79.33 km) including Sukh Nehr Drain, Choota Ravi Drain, Cantonment Drain, Sattu Katla Drain. Iqbal Town Drain, Shahdara Drain and Lakshami Drain, 70 secondary drains (119.66 km), and 67 drains (114.67 km) in the City. Besides, 6300 km long sewers including trunk sewer and lateral (streets) sewers were emptied out from mounds of silt to allow storm water to run smoothly during rain. The authority concerned has also enhanced the capacity of 12 disposal stations and 88 lift stations to discharge rainwater at earliest. The agency has also removed silt from 114. 67 km long roadside drains. It may be recalled that during last year monsoon season, CM Shahbaz Sharif presented a mesmerizing show of standing under knee-down water when City was flooded. A number of Wasa officials were arrested for being responsible of the ugly situation. He also constituted high profile committee headed by Wasa Chairman Bilal Yasin and comprising PML-N elected representative of the Punjab.