RAWALPINDI: Minister directs administration to remain alert, Leh reaches danger level


RAWALPINDI, July 13 (TNS): Punjab Minister for Minerals Chaudary Sher Ali Thursday reviewed arrangements made for monsoon rains.

Chairing a meeting here in the Commissioner Office, he directed the  officials concerned to remove encroachments along Nullah Leh and other Nullahs, warning strict action be taken against those throwing waste in the Nullahs. He directed Deputy Commissioner (DC) Talat Gondal to submit a report of damages due to heavy rains, as the government would compensate them.

On the occasion, the DC briefed the meeting that water in Nullah Leh,  had reached the danger level on Thursday morning and had receded but alloperational wings of the local administration including army troops were on high alert as Meteorological Department (PMD) had forecast more rains during next weeks. According to the PMD, during the morning spell, the city received around  118 mm rain, but the situation remained normal and fully under control, he said adding the water level at Gawalmandi Bridge touched 20 feet and 18 feet at New Katarian. The district government had announced emergency and alerted all departments concerned to meet with any eventuality following heavy rainfall during the last three consecutive days, he added.

The minister expressed satisfaction over the arrangements by the  district administration and directed officials of WASA, RSWMC and Rescue 1122 to ensure close coordination with all concerned quaters for effective rescue and relief operation.