Rawalpindi - Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif has approved proposed plan of hiring heavy machinery on rent for dredging seasonal nullahs in the city to avoid flood during the upcoming monsoon season, besides compensating the eight victims who died in Rawalpindi during recent rains.

These views were expressed by PML-N MNA Malik Abrar Ahmed while addressing a meeting held on Monday at DCO Office to review performance of civic bodies in connection with nullahs’ dredging in the city.

Malik Abrar said that the CM has given green signal to district government to hire heavy machinery on rent to clean the blockages from nullahs in the city to avoid damage during monsoon season. He said that the CM has also released compensation money for 8 people who had died during heavy rains in the city. “During the next two days, the families of the 8 victims will be awarded Rs 0.5 million each as compensation,” he vowed. He expressed his profound grief over loss of lives in rain in the city.

The MNA ordered heads of civic bodies to dredge all the nullahs in the city immediately. “We should get advantage from a pause in monsoon rains and should dredge all the seasonal nullahs to save lives and properties of the people,” Abrar added.

He was of the view that the CM assured his full cooperation in nullahs’ dredging campaign in the city in monsoon.