Karachi, May 14, 2015 (PPI-OT): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has approved Rs160 million grant-in-aid for Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) to supply water through 1000 tankers to the areas facing acute water shortage in the city.
This decision he took in a high level meeting held here today to discuss water shortage issue in Karachi and find out its solutions. The meeting was attended by Minister for Information and Local Government Sharjeel Inam Memon, Chief Secretary M. Siddiq Memon, Principal Secretary to CM Alamuddin Bullo, Additional Chief Secretary M. Waseem, Secretary Finance Sohail Rajut, Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Siddiqui, MD Water Board Hashim Raza Zaidi and other top officers of KWSB. Director Technical Pak Oasis also attended the meeting.
Sindh Chief Minister in his opening remarks said “water is life and without water nobody can survive. In various areas of the city water has not been provided for many week. Just you imagine how they have survived. I cannot tolerate this kind of service,” he said and added that he wants solution. These solution should be immediate, short term and long term.
MD KWSB Hashim Raza Zaidi in his presentation told the chief minister that there was a shortage of 500 million gallon water daily. “This issue would be solved when Rs25 billion K-4 water supply schemes would be completed,” he said and added that presently the worst affected areas were Baldia, Orangi, North Karachi, Surjani, Manghopir and various other areas.
The chief minister said that he would lay the foundation stone of K-4 next month and would personally request the prime minister to release its matching grant but it is a long term project. What is immediate solution. Minister for Local Government Sharjeel Memon said that the short term solution was to provide water to the affected areas through water tanker and “I have started this exercise and it is providing relief to some extent,” he said. The chief minister asked him how much tankers he was sending to the affected areas daily, he replied 200 tankers.
The chief minister asked him how amount each tankers casts KWSB. Sharjeel replied Rs500 because water belongs to the KWSB only the KWSB bear fuel and fare of a tanker. The chief minister asked him to take necessary arrangements to supply 100 water tankers in the city daily. “For the purpose I am releasing you Rs160 million immediately. I want you not only supply the tankers but make pumps of Dhabeji station and other areas repaired within four days for which Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Siddiqui and MD Water board were assigned the task.
Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Siddiqui told the chief minister that in coordination with MD Water board he would evolve a mechanism for distribution of water tankers in the affected areas judiciously. On this the chief secretary Siddique Memon directed them to involve all the deputy commissioners and assistant commissioners so that water could reach to the poor and affected people.
The ACS (Development) M. Waseem suggested that the valve system which used to operation in the distribution system of KWSB should be revived so that distribution of water could be made sagaciously. For the purpose MD KWSB was directed by the chair to work out the expenditures for repair of volves.
The chief minister asked the Technical Director Pak Oasis Mr Saeed to explain how much RO plants they have installed in the city. He replied that out of their 18 RO plants 16 were function. “If water is provided to them they could provide 13mgd water in the KWSB system,” he said.
On this the chief minister directed the Minister for Local Government Mr Sharjeel Memon and Chief Secretary Siddiq Memon to make necessary arrangements to provide sea water to the RO plants so that they could be operated at their maximum level. The minister and chief secretary would take required measures within a week and report back to the chief minister.
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