Karachi, February 12, 2019 (PPI-OT): Chief Secretary Sindh Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah presided over an important meeting regarding Supreme Court’s order about charging Rs1 per liter from mineral water companies on the water they are extracting from the ground.
The meeting was informed by the professor Dr. Muhammad Ahsan Siddique the Convener of committee made by Supreme court and officers of Sindh Food Authority have briefed the meeting regarding water extraction by the various mineral water and beverage companies. Professor Ahsan Siddique informed the meeting that 29,961452 (litters) water per day are being extracted by the 10 companies from their 14 plants in Karachi, Hyderabad and Sukkur.
Chief Secretary Sindh Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah stated that these companies are using very huge amount of water and are paying nothing for it. He further stated that collecting 1 rupee for 1 litter will help Sindh government to collect huge amount on water tariff. The Chief Secretary Sindh also directed Secretary Industries to collect the data of utilization of surface water by the 3, 4 and 5 star hotels and big and small industrial units in the province. He also directed concerned authorities to install water flow meters and Close-circuit cameras will also be installed at the respective premises of the companies involved in the extraction of groundwater or utilization of surface water for their business. The extraction will be monitored closely by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA).
Mumtaz Ali Shah further stated that as per directives of the Supreme Court a mechanism will be devised for calculation, collection and monitoring of the recovery of water charges from all major industries consuming surface or groundwater. Secretary Local Government Khalid Hyder Shah has been nominated as focal person in this regard.
Chief Secretary further stated that provincial government’s aim is to strengthen the provincial food authority so that it could perform its functions in the best of manner. He further stated that a central laboratory of Sindh Food Authority will be established in Karachi. The meeting was attended by the professor Ahsan Siddique, Secretary Irrigation Jamal Mustafa Syed, Secretary Industries Abdul Haleem Sheikh, Director General Sindh Food Authority and other officers of EPA and SFA have attended the meeting.
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