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.