Rawalpindi - Managing Director Water and Sanitation Agency, Raja Shaukat Mahmood has said the WASA is fully prepared to cope with any flood situation.

He said this while briefing Ali Tahir, the secretary excise and taxation Punjab, who visited the WASA headquarters to inspect arrangements being made to cope with any emergency situation during heavy rains expected in the city this week. Additional District Collector Muhammad Arif Rahim and Rescue 1122 In-charge Dr Rizwan also accompanied the secretary during the visit, informed WASA spokesman Muhammad Umer yesterday.

Managing Director WASA, Raja Shaukat Mahmood told the secretary that Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD) has issued heavy rainfall warning during the current week for Rawalpindi.

He added the vacations of all the WASA staff have been cancelled and they are directed to remain alert on Eid-ul-Azha to cope with the anticipated flood.

He also brief about the arrangements made for monsoon season and said that WASA has completed dredging/desalting of Lai Nullah as well as sewerage system in Rawalpindi in April-May 2015 well before monsoon rains. He added that heavy machinery of WASA including sucker machines, jetting machines, sewer cleaning rodding machines, dewatering sets and water boozers are in working condition and deployed at four flood centres of WASA located at Liaquat Bagh, Moti Mahal, Bagh Sardaran and

Khyaban-e-Sir Syed.

The MD said that six rapid response teams were made functional to handle any emergency situation during floods. He also said that more than 70 percent flood water was coming from Islamabad catchment area through four major tributaries in Lai Nullah and 11 nullahs are also terminating in Lai Nullah from Rawal Lake.

Secretary Ali Tahir showed his satisfaction on the arrangements made by

WASA and directed MD WASA to remain alert during Eid days and all the machinery/equipment should be in working condition.

He added that all the possible resources should be made available to the people during any flood situation. The WASA should work with close coordination with CDGR and other allied department. In this regard any negligence would not be tolerated, he said.