Knee-deep in water

Published: July 23, 2010
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A road collapses in Allama Iqbal Town following the downpour on Thursday, creating an enormous crater. photo: PPI

A road collapses in Allama Iqbal Town following the downpour on Thursday, creating an enormous crater. photo: PPI

LAHORE: Many parts of the city remained knee-deep in water on Thursday.

The Wasa disposal system which caters to Barkat Market and Centre Point went out of order due to technical fault.

On Thursday, Baghbanpura received 92mm, Chowk Nakhuda 82 mm, Airport 73 mm, Jail Road 62 mm and Farrukabad 41 mm of rainfall.

Imtiaz Ahmed, a Wasa spokesman, said that water was drained off from Lakshami, Misri Shah, Chowk Nakhuda, Raheem Road, Aik Moria and Do Moria Pul, City Station and Darul Hajaj between 12:15pm and 1:45pm.

The president of Model Town Society (MTS), Col Tahir Kardar, told The Express Tribune on Thursday that lack of a rain water disposal system led to accumulation of water in Model Town.

He said that the sewers were laid in Model Town 59 years after the town was established and lacked the capacity to carry rain water.

The sewerage lines which carry rainwater through Wasa disposal system at Model Town Link Road kept waiting for many hours to be cleared as Wasa’s water pumps remained busy clearing other areas including Green Town and Township.

“There were water channels before each house that carried the rainwater but these channels had been closed.  Usually we wait for receding of water from roads into nearby grounds in each block.

However, this time the downpour was heavy so that the grounds could not table as much water,” he added.

He claimed that seven critical points were identified during a survey conducted on July 21, which were more likely to be flooded and the DCO who visited the area was briefed about those points.

Mateen Ahmed Rana, a member of the MTS managing committee, complained that the two trucks available for the removal of water were kept busy in E-block near the residence of former nazim Mian Amer.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 23rd, 2010.

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