Rain Turns Roads Into Rivulets Again
Rain came down hard on Lahore like the rest of the country on Wednesday, exposing again the inefficiency of civic agencies.|
The rain that started midnight Wednesday virtually brought the city life to a standstill. Almost all parts of the city came under knee-deep water. Water level in the low-lying area was far more than that.
|The Cantt drain that passed through many areas of the city was its worst at Samanabad where water overflowed its brims inundating all neighbourhoods.
Residents said they had time and again drawn the attention the authorities concerned to the drain situation and condition of the bridges over it. They particularly cited the bridge linking Islamia Park’s Poonch Road to Samanabad that was built pre-partition when the drain was actually a floodwater channel. The bridge was low in height and blocked water flow in the stretch from New Mozang and Samanabad.
The MET said it had recorded 150mm rain on |Jail Road while it was 142mm at Lahore Airport.
Humidity was 100 per cent in the morning while it was 77 per cent in the evening. The maximum temperature was 29.2 degree Celsius while the minimum was 25 degree Celsius.
The MET had predicted more rain in the city and other parts of the country because of seasonal low over Balochistan and a trough of westerly wave over Northern parts.
It predicted widespread thunderstorm/rain with isolated heavy falls over North Punjab, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa and Kashmir.
Though Wasa had claimed that its officials, workers and machinery remained busy draining out water from roads, the fact was that the Agency focused only on main roads, ignoring small streets inside several residential localities which remained submerged in rainwater till late night.
Township, Green Town, Mariam Colony, Kot Lakhpat, Faisal Town, Johar Town, Misri Shah, Raiwind Road, Sherakot, Nonarian, Rajgarh, Gulshan-e-Ravi, Wahdat Colony, Muslim Town, Ichhra, Shah Jamal, Shadman, Qadhafi Stadium, Gulberg, Bastami Road, Islampura, Anarkali, Mozang, Habibullah Road, Garhi Shahu, Baghbanpura, Mughalpura, Tajpura and several other localities faced serious problems owing to rainwater and sewerage ovwerflows.
Residents of Township also staged a protest demonstration against the Wasa for not draining out rainwater from the area, especially from Abu Bakar Road and adjacent blocks till late night.
Residents said the area was submerged in rainwater and they could not go out even for prayers. They said that despite repeated calls no Wasa official came to the area. Dozens of residents also gathered at Mohammad Ali Chowk on College Road and chanted slogans against the Wasa.
A resident of Ichhra said that rainwater was not drained from his locality till late night. He said there was knee-deep water in the area, making it difficult for the residents to come out of their houses. He said the condition of nearby localities —Alhamd Colony, Rehman Pura, Fazlia Colony, etc — was no different.