Municipal services depts. alerted for monsoon rains

KARACHI: Administrator Karachi Rauf Akhtar Farooqui has directed the Works & Services and Municipal Services Department to arrange for the cleaning of all water drainage lines around underpasses in the city before the start of coming monsoon rains.

Addressing a meeting of officers of both the departments, Farooqui said special attention should be given to such places where complaints of staying of rain water received in the past. He also instructed works department to finish the road construction work beneath and around the Shahrah-e-Pakistan flyovers before the start of monsoon season and also immediately repair the broken and cracked roads and pavements.

The administrator urged the officers to prepare themselves for their important responsibilities during the monsoon season. He said the people should not have to face any difficulty due to staying of rain water on roads or underpasses therefore the water drainage system must be made perfect. He said to officers to complete the precautionary measures with hard and round the clock work and keep visiting such areas which have no proper drainage system or facing difficulties in it.

He also appealed to the citizens to refrain from dumping garbage into drains as this would raise the water levels in these drains hence create troubles for people.


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K-Electric to provide free electricity to SOS Children’s Village

KARACHI: K-Electric has signed agreement with SOS Children’s Village, Karachi, to provide completely free electricity to various medical, educational and youth training campuses and family homes of the social welfare institution.

It is the 10th agreement under its Social Investment Program (SIP). The agreement was signed by the KE’s Chief Executive Officer Nayyer Hussain and Ms Ava Cowasjee, Vice Chairperson of Sindh SOS Villages.

Formed in 1987, the SOS Children’s Village Karachi comprises 16 family homes and other essential facilities including the SOS School and College, SOS Medical Centre and SOS Youth Home. SOS also runs a Technical Training Institute. SOS reaches over 8,000 children a year.

Hussain commended the services provided by SOS Children’s Village and the positive impact these projects have on the socio-economic landscape of the country.

He said: “Our partnership with SOS Village reflects convergence of our common desire to reach the poor and the needy of our society. We hope to see more socially responsible entities and individuals coming up with the much-needed sincerity and purposefulness towards this humanistic cause.”

Cowasjee appreciated KE’s support to the welfare sector and its contribution to SOS while acknowledging the significance of such endeavours.

KE’s SIP is aimed at extending support to vital healthcare and educational institutions serving the poor and needy. Under this program KE bears the cost of electricity bills of these welfare entities in part or in full to subsidize their energy cost in recognition of the noble cause these institutions are pursuing.

KE’s other nine empowerment partners under SIP are: Indus Hospital, Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre, Layton Rahmatulla Benevolent Trust, the Citizens’ Foundation, Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation, ‘Karwan-e-Hayat,’ The Kidney Centre, Behbud Association and Baitul Sakoon.

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