LAHORE: The sewerage system of Dera Ghazi Khan laid a few years ago at a cost of around Rs1 billion is collapsing allegedly due to substandard material used, prompting the chief minister to order an inquiry to fix responsibility on the request of the divisional commissioner.
Dera Ghazi Khan Commissioner Mudassar Riaz Malik also requested the Chief Minister’s Inspection Team (CMIT) and the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) to constitute teams to find out reasons for the failure of the sewerage system in the municipal limits of the south Punjab city, and fix responsibility.
The sewerage system of the city was laid in 2008 at a cost of Rs 670 million under the Public Health Engineering Department. Later on, it continued to be improved under the MNA/MPA schemes costing another around Rs300 million.
Officials say that the average life of an underground sewerage system is around 25 years but the one in Dera Ghazi Khan has started decaying in just a decade, suggesting that something is seriously wrong with the quality of the material mainly the pipes.
Huge public funds were spared to provide a solution to a civic problem in the remote south Punjab district. But the sewerage lines are choked regularly at various points of the city. Sinking of roads over the sewer lines is also a regular feature in densely populated areas, causing road blocks and a great deal of inconvenience to people. Damage of roads over the sewerage pipes on regular basis is also causing a huge loss to the provincial kitty.
“My major challenge appears to be handling the sinking sewerage system which is increasingly becoming problematic,” said the commissioner.
Authorities in Lahore said that the chief minister took notice of the situation and asked the CMIT and the ACE to probe into the matter, find out the reasons of the “crown failure” of the system and fix responsibility so that action could be taken against those responsible.