KARACHI: Local citizens have appreciated Prime Minister Imran Khan for acknowledging their plight during monsoons and engaging the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) for the urgent removal of different forms of debris from storm/rain drains.
Acknowledging the work initiated by NDMA and Frontier Works Organization (FWO) on the directives of prime minister, at a time when more showers were being forecast with the possibility of urban flooding in the metropolis, the citizens appreciated that the severity of the situation was duly gauged and the concerning work was started immediately.
“Work began as per schedule on Monday at a time when the vast majority of the citizens were celebrating the festival of Eidul Azha, thus delivering a clear message that priorities have been set right without any compromise,” said Mrs Kamal Wasim, a senior citizen and a retired school teacher.
Urging all stakeholders, including the citizens, she said that while work was in progress, a huge responsibility lies upon them to ensure that nobody was allowed to practice dumping of discarded goods and waste (domestic, construction, industrial, etc.) into the storm drains.
“We are the ultimate sufferers,” said the lady residing in North Nazimabad.
She hoped that both federal and provincial governments along with staffers associated with essential services would also ensure that momentum was maintained through regular cleaning of the wastewater drainage with equal care and ensuring that encroachments were not allowed over, or close to the drains.
Agha Dabir Hussain, referring to the latest weather advisory issued by the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) said that a monsoon low pressure from the Bay of Bengal was likely to approach Sindh on Thursday, with every possibility of widespread and heavy showers in Karachi as well as in other parts of the province and that much work has to be done in a little time.
“This definitely needs coordination at every level,” he said and hoped that better sense would prevail in the interest of citizens.
Reminding that urban flooding witnessed only a few weeks ago was a grim reminder of lack of political coordination, he opined that things presently seem to be taking a turn for good.