Flood cell meeting identifies monsoon vulnerable points

ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has established a well-equipped flood relief cell at the Directorate of Emergency and Disaster Management (Fire Headquarters in Sector G7/1). According to a CDA official, all directorates concerned are part of the relief services.

Civic Management Director General Rawal Khan Maitla would be heading the cell. The flood relief cell, equipped with latest relief devices – large- and small-sized dewatering pumps, pickups, shovels, front-end loaders and dumpers – would function round the clock. Meanwhile, the CDA chairman on Wednesday chaired a meeting at the cell and identified the most vulnerable points with regard to the monsoon floods. The meeting formulated a comprehensive plan to cope with the emergency situation. On the direction of CDA chairmans, notices would be issued to the slum dwellers that had built houses closed to the nullahs flowing through different areas of the federal capital to demolish these illegal structures and houses on their own.

The CDA chairman directed the formations concerned of the authority to take immediate measures for improving the situation at 35 vulnerable points identified during the survey. He was apprised that the slum dwellers, especially those residing in the katchi abadis of sectors G7/1, G7/2, G7/3, G8/1, F7/4, and F6, would be asked through public notice to demolish the slums falling in the nullahs. “Failing which the CDA will demolish all these structures (slums) and their dwellers will be responsible for any sort of risk involved,” a source said.

He was also apprised that a public notice would also be published for the information of the general public to remove all illegal sewerage/drainage connections in streets or nullahs immediately. These illegal connections have a risk of back-flow during the monsoon season. All the stakeholders have also been warned to strictly follow the rules and regulations and connect the sewerage and drainage lines of the houses and buildings with CDA mains.

Farkhand Iqbal directed the formations concerned of the authority to expedite the process of cleaning of nullahs for the smooth flow of rainwater to avoid any untoward incident during monsoon. He was also apprised that a deployment plan has been prepared and vigilance teams have been constituted that are to have a constant liaison with Meteorological Department (MeT) and district administration.

Meanwhile, on CDA chairman’s directions, arrangements have been made to monitor flood situation at Simly Dam on daily basis. The chairman has also directed to ensure that Capital Hospital and all the dispensaries of the CDA be kept in ready position to meet any emergency. He also directed the Director Health Services to ensure carrying out of proper spray and fumigation on regular basis.

According to CDA Spokesman Ramzan Sajid, the CDA chairman has appealed to the residents of the federal capital to coordinate with the following management of flood relief cell on telephone numbers: 16, 051-9253237, 051-9253236, 051-9252834 and 051-9252833. Continue reading

Less than 2.5pc of Pakistan’s land is forested: WWF

English: Footbridge on the Indus River, Pakist...

English: Footbridge on the Indus River, Pakistan Français : Pont piétonnier sur l’Indus au Pakistan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Karachi

The Worldwide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-P) and the government of Sindh have initiated an ambitious 50-year ambitious programme aimed at containing degradation of forests, empowering women, conserving water, fighting climate change, and saving endangered species.

The programme has been named the Indus Ecoregion Conservation Programme and will be implemented in phases. The first phase of this 50-year project, called Indus for All Programme, began in July 2006 will conclude in June this year.

“Identified as one of the forty most significant eco-regions of the world, the Indus Eco-region, named after the River Indus, falls entirely within the boundaries of Pakistan. This life sustaining river is the primary source of fresh water for the country but the volume and quality of its waters has been diminishing,” writes Rab Nawaz, Regional Director/Team Leader, Indus for All Programme, WWF-Pakistan, Karachi in the fascinating book “Along the Indus River.”

“This is due to a number of reasons including damming of the river for irrigation and hydropower, extensive deforestation, industrial pollution and climate change,” said Nawaz.

“The river’s decline has been as devastating to those who depend on it for their livelihood as it has been to the flora and fauna that once flourished its banks.”

The programme will take a new approach to conserving biological diversity and the ecological process, and will focus on the conservation of species and habitat and the wpromotion of sustainable natural resources which would contribute to diversification. To do this, the programme will try to create a sense of ownership among the communities inhabiting these areas and spread awareness of the threats that further degradation of this habitat could pose.

“Forests in Pakistan are in urgent need of protection and conservation. A semi-arid country with one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world, Pakistan has less than 2.5% of its land covered by forests, as opposed to 33% at the time of Independence,” the book states.

The book’s other chapters, titled “The Blue Gold of Sindh,” “Empowering women improving lives,” “Water for Pai,” Facing up to climate change,” “Integrating sustainable rangeland management practices with ecotourism, “A constructed Wetland in Majeed Keerio,” are equally fascinating and informative. Continue reading

MM Alam Road widening project approved

LAHORE: The Lahore Development Authority will start the project of improvement and widening of two kilometres long M.M.Aalam Road Gulberg in the current month which would be completed within a period of three months.

Chief Engineer LDA Asrar Saeed stated here on Monday that the estimated cost of this project was Rs 350 millions.

Giving details of the project, he told that this dual carriage way will consist of two lanes on each side and LED solar lights will be installed along this road.

Parking arrangements would be made on both sides and buildings would be constructed after leaving a setback of 30 feet from the road. Continue reading

CDG taking solid steps for beautification of BB Road

RAWALPINDI  – City District Government (CDG) is taking solid steps for the beautification of Benazir Bhutto Road that is the main artery that connects the twin cities, Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

The road is being widened in three sectors: first sector is from Mareer Chowk to Naz Cinema, second is from Naz Cinema to Sixth Road while the last one is from Sixth Road to Faizabad.

Tehsil Municipal Authority (TMA) Rawal Town, Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA), PHA, Works and Sanitary department and Punjab Highways had been made responsible to work as a unit for the purpose. It was decided in a meeting held here, which was jointly chaired by MNA Hanif Abbasi and DCO Rawalpindi, Saqib Zafar.

Administrator Rawal Town/ADC (G), Saif Anwar Jappa, DG, RDA, Ch Naseer Ahmed, CTO Ishtiaq Shah, MD, PHA, Captain (Retd) Mushtaq Ahmed, MD, Wasa, Raja Shaukat Mehmood, XEN Punjab Highways, Mashkoor Ahmed Khan, DO Buildings, Mirza Naeem Baig and DO Road, Malik Liaquat Ali attended the meeting.

TMA Rawal Town officials were directed to remove all sort of wall chalking and FIR should be lodged against those who were found involved in this act and the violators of the orders should be arrested to stop this practice. No compromise should be made to control wall chalking. The religious scholars and leaders should be approached and requested to avoid wall chalking on the occasion of their public gatherings.

The mushroom growth of billboards, which are fixed without formal approval, should immediately be removed. Banners, posters and handbills should also be removed, and without approval of TMA Rawal Town and City District Government no billboard should be allowed on BB Road. Similarly without approval no banner should be displayed on Benazir Bhutto Road.

PHA officials were directed to plant evergreen and ornamental trees and plants on the median and green belts of BB Road. RDA officials were also directed to mark lanes and zebra crossings where it is necessary.

MNA Muhammad Hanif Abbasi said that Said Pur Road, Sixth Road, Fifth Road and Fourth Road should also be beautified with plants. DCO directed all the departments to feel their responsibilities to make BB Road beautiful and attractive so that the city could be given a new look. Continue reading

Charge fee from guesthouses, police tell LDA

LAHORE – The Saddar Police Division, with a view to eliminating anti-social elements, on Wednesday asked the Lahore Development Authority(LDA) to charge commercial fee from all the guesthouses located in the division. SP (Operations) Saddar Division dispatched an official letter to

Lahore fort

Lahore fort (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

the LDA, asking the authority to take indiscriminate action against the guesthouses if their owners refused to pay the commercial charges.

Source: http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/lahore/05-Jul-2012/charge-fee-from-guesthouses-police-tell-lda Continue reading

Ferozepur Road work inconveniences citizens

English: Ferozepur road

English: Ferozepur road (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

LAHORE

Prolonged re-construction activity along Ferozepur Road has put the citizens in a perpetual state of trouble while creating multiple commuting problems.

The Ferozepur Road is the top thoroughfare of the city and does not only connect the major roads across the city but also serves as an inter-city transportation channel, hosting inter-city passenger and goods transport.

The previous Punjab government, understanding this importance, had worked on widening the road by elimination of encroachments and rebuilding all deteriorating sections. The incumbent provincial government too had taken this project forward and made Ferozepur road a test case of ensuring good governance. The Lahore Transport Company (LTC) also employed mass funds and human resource in ensuring the optimum for the road.

The two massive over-head bridges – one at Kalma Chowk and the other over FC College underpass and Muslim Town Morr – were also a part of the same plan to ensure smooth traffic on the road.

The Punjab government’s plan to build the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), however, changed the whole picture. The well-built road was dug up in the middle, all the way from its start at the Qartaba Crossing to make way for the channel for the BRT. The digging up of the road started from its posterior end from Kahna Nau right up till the Kalma Chowk bridge. This resulted in narrowing of the road in both lanes which created sever bottlenecks at the Ghazi Road intersection, Ittefaq Hospital Crossing and all subsequent crossings that fall on the road. Hours and hours of traffic jams have become a regular feature on Ferozepur road. Now with the construction activity extending all the way to Qartaba Crossing, it is getting from bad to worse. Continue reading