GUJRAT: Work on a rainwater collection tank near Jail Chowk has begun, and a pipeline is being installed to connect the tank to a disposal station near Usman Plaza on Rehman Shaheed Road.

The system, which is part of a pipeline that was recently installed from Boley Bridge of the Hailsey stormwater channel to the disposal station near Usman Plaza Chowk, is slated to be completed by June 30, according to the administration’s schedule. However, it may take two more weeks to finish by July 15.

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According to Deputy Commissioner Saif Anwar Jappa, who is also the administrator of the Gujrat Municipal Corporation, the project would be completed before the rainy season.

For the past two decades, rainfall has wreaked havoc in Gujrat city. On the initiative of then-mayor Haji Nasir Mehmood of the PML-N, a stormwater drainage plan for Rs380 million was started in 2017-18.

After the party’s office ended, development on the scheme was put on hold for a few years.

In January of the current year, it was revived. The pipeline was constructed, but technical flaws in the disposal station’s design resulted in a tilt in the walls, which had to be demolished and rebuilt.

DC Jappa said digging work was underway at Jail Chowk to construct a water collection tank, where rainwater would first collect, and 52-inch concrete pipes would connect the tank to the disposal station.

The rainwater would be pumped into the Hailsey stormwater channel on the city’s outskirts by pumping machines at the disposal station.

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