No rainwater accumulated anywhere in Karachi, says adviser

Published July 14, 2021
While the Sindh government claims all was well after Monday’s rainfall, the state of the main road in Old Golimar on Tuesday, which was paved recently, tells another tale.—Fahim Siddiqi/White Star
While the Sindh government claims all was well after Monday’s rainfall, the state of the main road in Old Golimar on Tuesday, which was paved recently, tells another tale.—Fahim Siddiqi/White Star

KARACHI: Sindh government spokesperson and Adviser for Law, Environment and Coastal Development Barrister Murtaza Wahab said on Tuesday that it rained all over the city on Monday, which was good for the environment, and despite the rain no water had accumulated anywhere.

Though the Meteorological department had not forecast rain, the local government of the city was active, he added, while speaking at a press conference in the Sindh Assembly building.

He said: “I am thankful to all the institutions of the city administration as these departments like the water board, solid waste management, DMCs and traffic police are all active.” Due to the rain on Sharea Faisal, there was always a problem to overcome, he said, adding that the Sindh government had laid a new drainage line in the entire area of Sharea Faisal due to which no water accumulated there and no rainwater was accumulated on the artery from Nursery to the Natha Khan bridge.

He said the situation was also better this time at the Quaid-i-Azam’s residence, Wazir Mansion, I.I. Chundrigar Road and M.A. Jinnah Road as a new drainage line was laid towards Wazir Mansion and Shahrah-i-Pakistan, Nazimabad and Mauripur Road were also clear.

A small amount of water had accumulated at the KDA Chowrangi but water was drained from there within two hours, he said.

The KDA and Nagan roundabouts used to be plagued by rainwater, but now three new outlets had been set up at the KDA Chowrangi and its water was diverted towards Gujjar Nullah, the spokesperson said.

The water had accumulated at one place because there was no drainage system, the adviser said, adding that Surjani Town needed some help as it also received water from West and Central districts.

He said drainage along the sides of the Green Line project needed to be improved.

Karachi Administrator Laeeq Ahmed was also “active” on the streets when it rained, he said while responding to questions.

Published in Dawn, July 14th, 2021

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