Administrator inspects drain cleaning

KARACHI: Administrator Karachi Rauf Akhtar Farooqui said on Wednesday that Karachi Metropolitan Corporation had started taking measures for monsoon rain water drainage in April and cleaning of more than 400 small and big drains was under way.

However, because of insufficient space for cleaning machinery due to encroachment alongside drains, it would be difficult to yield hundred percent results, he said.

Farooqui expressed these views while inspecting the cleaning works of Gujjar Nullah on Wednesday. The Senior Director Municipal Services Ghulam Rasool gave a briefing on the drain cleaning work. He said the district municipal corporations were performing the cleaning of drains located in the inner city areas, whereas, the major drains were being cleaned by KMC.

The administrator, expressing concern over the dumping of garbage and waste in the drains, said such people should be arrested after the enforcement of section 144.

He said the city would face no problem in case of normal rains in coming monsoon and the ongoing drain cleaning operation would continue till the end of monsoon season.

During his visit, he also reviewed the cleaning of Ziauddin Nullah North Nazimabad, KBR Nullah, Liaquatabad and Nazimabad Nullah and other drains and instructed to speed up the work.

Farooqui said Gujjar Nullah used to be 160 feet wide when the city population was only 5 million and now when the population reached the 20 million mark its width has reduced to only six feet. This situation was not good and better results could not be achieved in such a situation.

He directed the staff to carry on this work in two shifts with more manpower and machinery.

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