KARACHI – Meanwhile, Karachi Administrator Laeeq Ahmad on Saturday visited various rainwater drains in Karachi to review cleanliness measures in view of the expected tropical cyclone “TAUKTAE.”
Senior Director Municipal Services Masood Alam, Chief Engineer Electrical and Mechanical Abbas Shah and other officers were also present on the occasion. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, during a meeting held at the Chief Minister’s House on Saturday regarding storm management arrangements, issued directives for immediately opening the chocking points of the drains and to improve the drainage of storm water. Following his instructions, the Administrator immediately visited different nullahs of the city and directed that the chalking points of the drains be opened within two days.
He directed that arrangements should be made for smooth drainage of rain water. He said that drainage of water get stagnant in underpasses should also be taken care of and work should be completed for drainage of water there. Ahmed said that drainage from roads on which water accumulated should also be done on priority basis. The Administrator Karachi said that an emergency had been imposed in the Municipal Services Department till May 20. Officers and staff should ensure their attendance 24 hours a day. “The machinery should be kept in a state of readiness and emergency personnel should be deployed at various places to take immediate action in case of rains,” he added. Ahmed on the occasion of his visit to Zia-ud-Din Nullah directed the Senior Director Municipal Services to clear the garbage from the drain and keep the machinery in useable condition.
He said that the leave of all officers and staff were cancelled from May 15 to 20 and all officers and staff would be on duty to perform their duties and as per the instructions given by the Government of Sindh.
Meanwhile, Administrator Karachi Laeeq Ahmed on Saturday imposed emergency in various departments of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation till May 20 in view of the forecast of tropical cyclone “TAUKTAE” and heat-wave. He said that the presence of doctors and paramedical staff in all hospitals should be ensured round-the-clock, said a spokesperson of the KMC.
The fire brigade, rescue unit, city wardens, parks and municipal services department will also remain on toes to cope with any untoward situation, he said. The Administrator appealed to the citizens to take precautionary measures in view of heat-wave and the cyclone. “The temperature in Karachi is likely to rise in the next three days so citizens should prefer to stay at home during these days,” he said.
He said that the expected cyclone was likely to bring rain and strong winds that were likely to cause collapse of roofs, signboards, asking the citizens to take precautionary measures.
He asked the people to stay away from power lines, signboards and especially avoid touching electrical appliances and power poles during the rains.
Laeeq Ahmed said that to avoid getting dehydrated during heat-wave, water should be consumed more and unnecessary going out be avoided. He also asked the citizens to visit hospital immediately in case of getting dehydrated.
“All officers and employees should realize their responsibilities to help the citizens. In case of rain, every effort would be made to complete the drainage process as soon as possible and remove the stagnant water safely,” he added.
The Administrator directed that rainwater drainage should be planned from now on 11 underpasses and 106 roads managed by KMC so that any emergency situation could be dealt within a timely and efficient manner.
He said that trucks and other vehicles should also be arranged ahead of time to move the de-watering pumps from one place to another in case of emergency during the rains.
Ahmed said that In view of the expected cyclone, rescue service personnel should be on standby at all times to deal with any untoward incident due to high waves at sea.
He said that protection of life and property of the citizens was the top priority of KMC.
“As the central local body, KMC will fulfill its responsibilities throughout the city and every effort will be made to ensure teamwork during the rains and to facilitate the citizens by taking prompt and timely action on their complaints,” the Administrator said.
He asked the officers to immediately implement the given instructions and adopt a strategy that would solve the problems of the people and enable them to enjoy the effects of the expected cyclone without facing any difficulty.