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Rains and heavy floods also caused the suspension of much of the metropolis’ business activities. Restaurants, small and big shops as well as other shops in the city remained immersed in rainwater, suffering losses worth billions of rupees.
The business community has demanded that the Sindh government and other authorities ensure that water is drained immediately to save businesses, particularly restaurants, from further destruction so that business activities can resume.
President Mian Anjum Nisar of the Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry Federation (FPCCI) said heavy rains had inundated the entire city, heavily destroyed roads and exposed the already poor infrastructure.
“Rainwater has entered factories, warehouses and residential areas, causing heavy losses to the business community at large,” he lamented.
“Most parts of the city remain without electricity, generators are not working either as people have run out of petrol, which has halted the drainage of rainwater in factories, warehouses and other workplaces.”
All Pakistan Restaurant Association Convener Athar Chawla, while expressing concern over the urban flooding and a lack of drainage system, called on the government, DHA, CBC and other related departments to ensure rapid drainage to protect their industry from further destruction so that business activities could restart.
Chawla said that due to the record-breaking downpour in most parts of the metropolis, in particular Defence, Clifton, PECHS, North Nazimabad, Haideri, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulistan-e-Jauhar and other areas, restaurants in these areas have been flooded and rainwater has not yet been drained out. As a result, the stock of food items had been badly affected while restaurant kitchens and furniture had been deteriorated, he said.
“Restaurant owners are trying to drain water but due to accumulation of stagnant rainwater outside the restaurants, they are facing difficulties in the drainage process,” he said, adding, “Four days have passed since the heavy downpour but the DHA, CBC and other departments concerned have not made any arrangements for drainage from the restaurants.”
“The restaurant industry has lost billions of rupees due to the negligence and incompetence of these institutions.”
Chawla claimed that the electricity supply should be restored immediately in the areas where water had been removed and that financial assistance should be given to the restaurant industry to mitigate the damage caused by the rainfall in order to get them back on their feet.
“Otherwise, millions of workers are at risk of becoming unemployed,” he warned. The city, which contributes more than 60% of the revenue and is the hub of Pakistan’s economic activities, is left at the mercy of the nature and relief measures are inadequate,” said the FPCCI president.