Lahore: Punjab government has imported latest sewer safety kits from Italy to control loss of human life during desilting of sewer lines. This was informed by Special Secretary Local Government Punjab Dost Muhammad Bareech while addressing a function of distribution of sewer safety kits among Tehsil Municipal Officers at Punjab Municipal Development Fund Company.
Additional Secretary Local Government Raja Jahangir, MD Punjab Municipal Development Fund Company Aamir Rafique and TMOs posted at Tehsil Municipal Administrations attended the function. Dost Muhammad Bareech said on this occasion that Punjab government has imported the best available system and useful machinery available in the world from Italy for the protection of sewer men which consisted of facemask, oxygen cylinders, pipe for oxygen and compressor. He said that sewer men can carry out desilting of sewerage and restoration work for seven to eight hours in the sewer with the equipment. Special Secretary further directed the concerned authorities that emergency battery light used in mines should be provided to the sewer men along with every sewer safety kit so that they could work in deep and dark sewer easily. He directed TMOs to formally enter sewer safety kits imported from Italy in the register, keep them at suitable place in godowns and an officer should be deputed for getting prior permission for their use.
MD Punjab Municipal Development Fund Company, Aamir Rafique informed that every sewer safety kit is comprised two cylinders, sixty three feet pipe, one facemask, cylinder trolley and a compressor and the air can be filled in each cylinder upto the pressure of three hundred bar. He told that one cylinder is sufficient for continuous use for three hours whereas compressors have also been provided for filling it again. Additional Secretary Raja Jahangir told on the occasion that the import of machinery and purchase for saving the lives of poor workers desilting the sewerage is very useful investment which will not only help in controlling the loss of human lives but also enhance their efficiency. Later, Special Secretary Local Government gave two sewer safety kits to each Tehsil Municipal Officer of Chiniot, Chubara, Burewala, Sadiqabad, Kalar Kahar, Khanewal, Hafizabad, Jhelum, Muzaffargarh, Khanpur, Gojra, Muridke, Bahawalnagar, Pakpattan and Daska.