LAHORE - The monsoon is about to start, but the Wasa and City District Government have failed to complete the de-silting of the rain drains and sewerage system in the provincial metropolis, TheNation has learnt. Further, the Wasa and CDGs failure to set up emergency camps and other arrangements to adeptly deal with the upcoming monsoon might cause imminent flash floods and urban inundation in the provincial metropolis during the upcoming monsoon season like previous years. It is feared that the City may be lashed by heavy rains and thunderstorms while the predictions of premature monsoon have already surfaced. The CDG also lacks any warning system to warn the citizens about natural calamities and their preventive measures. However, sources said that the monsoon plan of Wasa was still underway and could not be finalised due to lethargic attitude of the officials despite receiving repeated strict instructions in this regard from the provincial government as well as the higher authorities of the CDG including Commissioner Lahore Division Nadeem Hassan Asif and District Coordination Officer Ahad Cheema. Sources in the CDG maintained that DCO Ahad Cheema had directed the authorities concerned that all essential arrangements must be finalised before the monsoon. He had also directed authorities concerned to cancel leaves and weekly off days of all the Wasa, TEPA, Solid Waste Management and Metrological office employees. However, according to a formal version of the DCO regarding such arrangements, he directed the Wasa authorities to establish alert system in order to avoid any loss from expected heavy rains and floods. The alert system would inform the departments concerned two hours before rain and would order them to be ready to cop with any emergency situation. During a meeting, he also directed to issue duty chart for deputing staffs at emergency centres. Arrangements are being made to drain rainwater and de-silt sewerage system to flush out the rainwater from the low-lying areas. In this regard, Managing Director Wasa, Dr Javed Iqbal claimed that de-silting of about 100 drains has been completed twice while further de-silting process is continued. He informed that about 80 disposal pumps had been installed and 32 complaint centres had been established with essential tools and machinery in 74 low-lying areas of the City in order to cop with any emergency situation during rainy season. However, sources said that the WASA and other departments concerned lack coordination so far and that is why they neither set up any emergency relief camp nor installed any essential machinery like water disposal pumps in a number of populated and commercial areas and important roads of the City. They further commented that dilapidated condition of roads, digging in connection with laying pipelines of water, sewage and gas may deteriorate the condition. They said that most of the roads are yet to be repaired; even the patchwork or carpeting could not be initiated due to the lack of funds in the CDG.