Top provincial authorities of Sindh province along with National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and military high-ups on Friday reviewed the emergency situation in the port city due to recent monsoon rains.
Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah chaired the meeting, which was attended by Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Lieutenant General Muhammad Afzal, Corps Commander Karachi Humayun Aziz and provincial ministers.
During the meeting, the chief minister said that an advanced irrigation system should be used to drain the water and clean sewerage in the metropolis. He informed the session that the city received 63 to 86 mm rainfall within the duration of less than an hour, adding that the drainage system has a capacity to drain 25 to 30 mm water within 30 minutes.
The chief minister said that areas adjacent to the Green Line project faced problems as the water stops at the place due to slightly defected design of the project.
Soldier Bazaar nullah was choked by inserting boulders in the drain, provincial minister Nasir Hussain Shah said.
Sindh’s local government secretary Roshan Ali Shah informed the session that the Gujjar Nullah was overflown, which was opened within a duration of four hours.
Sindh Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah urged removal of illegal encroachments from all water drains for better drainage of water.
Corps Commander Karachi said that the city’s sewerage system would have to be opened with a modern system, adding that the FWO could join the government of Sindh in the work.
Chairman NDMA Lt. General Muhammad Afzal urged for steps to halt sediments in the sewerage system.