CDA on high alert following rain havoc


ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Monday ordered its departments concerned to drain rainwater from all low-lying areas of the city, remove all structures impeding flow of rainwater and construct retaining walls along nullahs on war-footing. Amidst flooding roads and streets of the federal capital, CDA Chairman Farkhand Iqbal and his team visited various localities thought to be most vulnerable. A CDA survey had earlier identified 35 vulnerable points. They include sectors G7/1, G7/2,

G7/3, G8/1, F7/4 and F6. The CDA, it may be recalled, had already announced setting up a flood relief cell comprising the directorates of maintenance, environment, enforcement, municipal administration, planning, E&M maintenance, machinery pool organisation, sanitation and capital hospital. The CDA chief said the cell functions round the clock and is equipped with latest machinery, including large- and small-sized dewatering pumps, vehicles, shovels, front-end loaders and dumpers. He said the notices had already been issued to the slum dwellers for building

houses close to nullahs flowing through different areas. “They have to demolish their illegal structures and houses at their own expense,” he warned. During his visit, the chairman ordered the removal of all impediments from nullahs to ensure smooth flow of rainwater in order to avert inundation of the nearby areas. Meanwhile, the flood relief cell personnel reached the affected areas, especially slums in Sector G7, and flushed out rainwater there. He also asked the residents to remove all illegal sewerage/drainage connections in streets or nullahs immediately as  these may result in back-flow of water during the ongoing monsoon season. Farkhand Iqbal said the cleaning 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. Iqbal said a mechanism to monitor flood level at Simly Dam on daily basis was already in place. He also directed all hospitals in the capital and CDA dispensaries to remain alert for the provision of first-aid ‘when and where needed’. He also appealed to the residents of the federal capital to coordinate with the cell by contacting on phone numbers 16, 051-9253237, 051-9253236, 051-9252834 and 051-9252833. ali hassan