342 mm rainfall drained in 24 hours: CM Sindh

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KARACHI:Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Wednesday said that the city received a record rain of 342.4 mm between July 10 to 11 upto 2 pm, however the rainwater was disposed of soon after the rain. He said this while addressing a press conference at CM House. Provincial ministers, Sharjeel Inam Memon, Imtiaz Shaikh, Syed Nasir Shah and Advisor to CM Rasool Bux Chandio were present on the occasion. Syed Murad Ali Shah said that the city received 342.4 mm rain, including 106 mm on July 11 and 126 mm upto 2pm on July 12. “This was a record rainfall in the history of the city but now the infrastructure of the city in terms of disposal of the water was built, therefore the rainwater was disposed of within 24 hours and our teams comprising provincial ministers, advisors and government officers suctioned the water out from the depressions, low-lying areas and from the underpasses with the help of machinery and pumps. The CM said that people slaughter sacrificial animals on the roads. “The district central has the largest number of slaughters in the country,” he said and added the solid waste management had started lifting the offal when the rain started, therefore the lifting [the offal] work was stopped, and the backlog emerged, which had been cleared.Syed Murad Ali Shah said that after completion of Clifton Sewage pumping station for Rs 493 million, it catered to the sewage disposal of large areas and served the various vicinities, including Clifton Blocks: 1 to 9, Bath Island, Clifton, Civil Lines and Cantt: Station areas. I.I. Chundrigar Road. Shahrah-e-Faisal, starting from Gora Graveyard, M.A. Jinnah Road, Bolton Market and Kapra Market, Saddar and old city areas, Lines Area, Lucky Star, Nishtar Road, Napier Road and Jodia Bazar. The CM said that KWSB had a fleet of 36 Suction and Jetting Machines upto the year 2010. “Frequent sewage overflows are encountered across Karachi due to overloading of the sewerage system,” he said and added that the addition of 20 new Suction & Jetting Machines has improved KWSB’s capacity to clean and de-silting the affected sewerage system of Karachi. He said that another lot of 56 Suction & Jetting Machines were being added to existing fleet under the World Bank funded KWSSIP Project and in this way the total number of machines would increase to 112 within next six months.

 

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