Rainwater enters metro stations
RAWALPINDI: The rain on Wednesday which was welcomed by the residents of the twin cities, flooded some newly constructed metro bus stations.
The underground metro bus stations at 6th Road and I.J. Principal Road were inundated with rain water and created problems for passengers as escalators went out of order.
Rain also exposed the poor drainage system on elevated roads from Saddar to Faizabad as water accumulated at many points such as Marrir Chowk, Liaquat bagh, Waris Khan, Shamsabad and Faizabad.
At the Committee Chowk to Warris Khan Section of the metro bus, the contractor was still installing drainage pipes and work is still going on in the Liaquat Bagh Section.
When contacted, Commissioner Zahid Saeed confrimed that there was problem at 6th Road Bus Station as workers failed to turn on the water pumping machine which would drain the rain water from the stations.
He said there was a system in place and if officials had not been negligent, the machine would have pumped the water out of the basement.
The 6th Road Bus Station was the only one where there was a problem as the main drain was nearby, he said.
The commissioner said that he had directed the RDA officials to inspect all bus stations and ensure that all escalators and elevators are functioning. “We will ensure that all automatic water pumping motors are activated as soon as possible to avoid such a situation in the future,” he said.
Regarding ongoing work, he said the work would take one or two months to complete. He said the metro bus routes and stations are cleaned thrice a day.
Rawalpindi Municipal Waste Company (RMWC) Managing Director Irfan Qureshi told that the workers of the company were working actively. He said water had been cleared from the 6th Road Bus station with the help of Water and sanitation Agency (WASA).
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