KARACHI: Taking up the issue of Sindh’s ailing drainage system, President Asif Ali Zardari reiterated his call for fashioning a workable and comprehensive ‘master plan’ to systematically deal with the drainage of stagnated water following two consecutive years of flooding.
The master plan — which envisages 20 years of irrigation revamping of the province — is to include the restoring, remodelling and enhancing of the discharge capacity of the existing drainage system.
During two separate briefings held at the Bilawal House in Karachi on Monday, the president undertook a review of the situation vis-à-vis the drainage of stagnated water in various parts of the flood-affected areas of Sindh and the progress made in distribution of Pakistan Cards among the people displaced by floods.
Spokesperson for the president Farhatullah Babar said that around 97% of the stagnated water from the flooded areas had been drained out; however, in some areas of Sanghar, Mirpurkhas, Badin and Umer Kot, some pockets of water have still remained.
President Zardari was informed that the irrigation department has prepared a conceptual ‘Master Plan’ in two months and a foreign consultant, Louis Berger, will submit a detailed report by February.
The NADRA chairman, while briefing the president about the distribution of Pakistan Cards, revealed that out of 1.3 million beneficiaries, around 1.1 million had so far been provided with Pakistan Cards.
He told the president that NADRA had already deployed 91 Pakistan Card sites out of the 96 planned outlets in various flood-affected districts of Sindh.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 3rd, 2012.