CDA chief orders pumping out rainwater


Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Farkhand Iqbal Monday ordered dewatering of all low-lying areas, removal of all structures impeding water flow and construction of retaining walls along nullahs as required.

Amidst flooding of roads and streets of Islamabad during the rains on Monday, the chairman along with his team visited various localities, slums, Blue Area, 9th Avenue, IJP Road and others areas, which are more vulnerable to face any untoward incident.

The CDA had already announced the establishment of a Flood Relief Cell comprising the Directorates of Maintenance, Environment, Enforcement, Municipal Administration, Planning, E&M Maintenance, Machinery Pool Organisation (MPO), Sanitation and Capital Hospital.

After a survey, the CDA had already identified 35 vulnerable points, including in Sectors G-7/1, G-7/2, G-7/3, G-8/1, F-7/4 and F-6, that face threat in case of heavy rain. During his visit, the chairman ordered the removal of all impediments from the nullahs to ensure smooth flow of rainwater and avert inundation of nearby areas.

The staffers of the Flood Relief Cell reached the affected areas including slum of Sector G-7 and other inundated areas to flush out water using dewatering pumps.

During the visit, the CDA chief said the Cell functions round the clock, and is equipped with latest relief devices including large and small size dewatering pumps, vehicles including pickups, shovels, front end loaders and dumpers.

He said the notices had already been issued to the slum dwellers who had built houses closed to the nullahs flowing through different areas to demolish these illegal structures and houses at their own. He said the slums had also been warned through public notice to demolish slums falling in the nullahs failing which the CDA would demolish all these structures and the dwellers would be responsible for any sort of risk involved.

He also asked the residents to remove all illegal sewerage/drainage connections in streets or nullahs immediately as those involve risk of back-flow during the monsoon season so it was essential to connect the sewerage and drainage lines of the houses and buildings with CDA main lines.

Farkhand Iqbal said the cleansing of nullahs for the smooth flow of rainwater was in progress to avoid any untoward incident.The chairman directed the Flood Relief Cell to keep a constant liaison with National Disaster Management Authority and get all necessary help from them if needed.

He said a mechanism to monitor flood level at Simly Dam on daily basis is already in place and the information will be shared with the District Administration and media.He also directed the Capital Hospital and all the dispensaries of CDA to remain alert to meet any emergency and for the provision of first-aid.

The chairman also appealed to the residents of the federal capital to coordinate with the Flood Relief Cell by contacting on following phone numbers: 16, 051-9253237, 051-9253236, 051-9252834 and 051-9252833. Sanitation Control Room Helpline No: 1334. Environment Control Room Helpline No. 2855513.