ISLAMABAD: Chairman National Highway Authority (NHA) Shahid Ashraf Tarar said on Thursday that drastic measures are needed to cope with recent flood situation and provide timely rescue and relief to the affected people.
The Chairman NHA expressed these views while addressing a high level meeting on the occasion of performance evaluation of the NHA’s Flood Control Cell here at Authority’s Headquarter. The meeting was held on conclusion of recent visit of Chairman NHA to the flood affected areas of Chitral.
The meeting was attended by all Members NHA, General Managers NHA, construction experts, consultants and officials of Flood Control Cell. A briefing was also given to the Chairman during the meeting, and it was told that the NHA will use all its resources to keep highways intact and safeguard lives of travellers during the current floods season.
A comprehensive strategy has been put in place in this regard, it was told.
All contractors, already on the NHA pool throughout the country, have been mobilized to cope with emergencies and NHA’s Engineer Ikram-us-Saqlain Haider has been appointed as Focal Person for flood emergencies.
The Chairman instructed effective monitoring and safeguarding the highways, machinery and equipment of the projects awarded to FWO.
During the meeting, it was also told that to give up-to-the-minutes information to the public, a liaison will be maintained with all public departments and all rivers will be monitored through satellite for early flood warning by keeping close coordination with the Meteorological Department.
It was decided that heavy rescue machinery will be on stand-by every 40 to 50 kilometers on all highways to provide prompt support to the local administration in the rescue activities.
It was also told during the briefing that to monitor floods at Nowshera, Kabul, Ravi, Indus rivers and Taunsa Barrage, a close liaison will be kept with provincial and district canal departments and a comprehensive strategy has been put in place to meet any crisis situation and Flood Control Cells at Zonal and Regional offices will have been fully mobilized to make timely relief and rescue action.