Caretakers formulate committee to investigate Mall Road sinkhole

09:26 AM | 4 Jul, 2018
Caretakers formulate committee to investigate Mall Road sinkhole
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LAHORE - The caretaker transport minister for Punjab has revealed that an inquiry committee has been set up to probe the appearance of a large sinkhole on Lahore's thoroughfare, following a torrential downpour that lashed the city on Tuesday.

The committee will dig into the details regarding the emergence of a 20ft deep and 200ft long ditch on the Mall Road in front of the General Post Office; another trench measuring 50ft appeared at some distance from the first.

According to Mian Nauman Kabir, the committee has been advised to submit its findings within the next 48 hours and 'those responsible for the sinkhole will be punished'.

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The heaviest rains in 38 years turned roads into puddles in Punjab's capital city, stranding motorists and leaving at least eight people dead.

Lahore recorded 214 millimeters (8.4 inches) of rain in the 24 hours up to 8 am on Tuesday, the country's chief meteorologist Muhammad Riaz warned that a monsoon system would bring more heavy rains for the next 24 to 48 hours as well.

Managing Director of Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) Lahore Syed Zahid Aziz Tuesday said WASA teams were effectively working to flush out rainwater from different parts of the provincial metropolis.

'They were still trying to drain rainwater accumulated at various points in the city, including stations of Metro bus and Orange Line Train,' he observed.