RAWALPINDI: The Punjab government has set aside Rs30 million to clean up areas along the Leh Nullah to prevent flooding during the monsoon season. All civic bodies have been told to organize and plan for the impending monsoon.

It was addressed at a meeting chaired by Commissioner Syed Gulzar Hussain Shah to review arrangements for the monsoon season. Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa) Managing Director Raja Shaukat Mehmood, Rescue 1122 Director Awais Manzoor Tarar, Local Government Department Director Amna Raffique, and other officials were present at the meeting.

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The commissioner also formed a monitoring team, headed by Ms Raffique, to oversee the work of various civic bodies. Mr Shah said that while no one can prevent natural disasters, early action can mitigate their devastating effects.

It is essential to carry out the work in the proper location where it is indeed required for it to be successful. As a result, he said, all flood-prevention activities should be carried out with caution and diligence where they are needed.

He ordered the Wasa managing director to clear 11 Rawalpindi tributaries that run along the Leh Nullah, where flooding is a severe threat. He said that the cleaning of these tributaries should be ensured so that the flow of water is not obstructed and that a particular emphasis on improving the sewerage system in the city is needed.

Mr Shah added, “Cleaning should also be performed so that the sewage system is working and the drainage system is running smoothly in case of heavy rains.”

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