Early action saves main roads from inundatingAugust 1, 2014
KARACHI: City administration moved into action early in the morning to work out for draining of the rain water that was starting to inundate the city on Saturday.
After reviewing working on water drainage and the loss of properties due to rain in different areas of the city, Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui directed the concerned authorities to drain out the water right away.
Siddiqui also took notice of the absence of the workers of municipal organizations and said that strict action would be taken against them.
“Emergency situation has been created due to rain in the city and absence from duty would be considered to be contempt of orders and sheer negligence,” he said.
The commissioner had started his visit at 6:00 am. He, at some points, himself supervised the draining work.
It was noticed that some areas, including Burns Road and at the back of Sindh Secretariat, were still deluged with water in the evening.
Administrator Karachi Rauf Akhter Farooqui said despite abrupt and heavy rain 80 per cent drainage of rain water was completed successfully, while some low-lying areas were still submerged and dewatering pumps were working on it.
Irritated by some news channels reporting, the administrator told PPI that he could not see a single drop of water on main roads of the city, while acknowledged that water did stayed in streets. He said false reporting should not be propagated. He even denied a report naming a TV channel that it was covering only a few lower altitude areas where water was stayed.
“Four thousands manpower and more than 100 vehicles, dewatering pumps and other machines were working in the city for draining rain water. It is encouraging that all the organizations, including administration, KMC, water board, DMCs, of the city were working collectively,” he said this while on a visit to different areas of the city.
He said that all the workers including administrator would be on duty until the draining work completed hundred per cent in the city.
Seven people, including a woman and child, have reported to be killed in separate incidents after the first spell of monsoon rains hit the city.
Two men were electrocuted in Buffer Zone and another in Ram Swami area. While, a child was killed due to roof collapse in Naval Colony, Baldia Town, a man in Orangi Town and another man and a woman in Gulshan-e-Mazdoor, Baldia Town.