Lahore, June 24, 2016 (PPI-OT): The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry has urged the government to upgrade the drainage system on war footing as below the mark sewerage causes loss of billions annually to the trade and industry in the monsoon season.
“Upgradation of drainage system should be the most important part of development plan as the aging sewerage system cannot keep up with the load and also causes huge loss to the business community in the rainy season.”
In a statement issued here, the LCCI President Sheikh Muhammad Arshad, Senior Vice President Almas Hyder and Vice President Nasir Saeed said that sewerage system in the markets of Lahore is outdated and dysfunctional and shows flood-like situation whenever there is heavy downpour. They said that rainy water enters into the factories, godown and other business places and damages the items like machinery, furniture, trading goods and raw materials etc.
They said that the weather pandits have warned of 20 percent more rains in the monsoon seasons. They said that heavy rain can quickly overwhelm the sewerage system particularly in the markets of the city and send raw sewage to the shops and godowns.
The LCCI office-bearers said that rain water submerged main arteries of the city and suspends movement of imported goods from the port to the wholesale markets. They said that in many industrial units, rain water accumulated and stops almost all activities.
They said that there is a dire need to follow the drainage system of models or modern countries to get of the loss of billions rupees occurred to the traders every year just because of aging drainage system.
They said that though Punjab and district government are making all out efforts to make the situation better but there is a dire need to adopt the latest techniques to make the drainage system better.
“Equipment for drainage should be replaced, residuals disposal facilities should be constructed and Information Technology strategy should be developed”, the LCCI office-bearers suggested. They said that these measures would improve efficiency in drainage facilities and help reduce heavy loss caused by the below the mark drainage system in the rainy season.
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Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI)
Lahore -54000, Pakistan