Karachi, February 06, 2014 (PPI-OT): Due to sheer negligence of Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB), a huge amount of Rs44 million is feared to go down the drains besides a fearing of many industries to shut down for want of water in Korangi Industrial Area.
Pakistan Tanners Association (S.Z) extremely condemned the pathetic attitude by the high ups of KWSB for squandering precious resources without achieving results from installation of 5 MGD water pipeline in the area for supply of water to the cluster of leather industries.
The pipeline has been laid for over a year ago but the water is yet to be released into the pipeline due to which the pipeline has started rusting. The Chairman PTA SZ, Fawad Jawed while sending a SOS to the Governor Sindh, Dr Eshratul Ebad Khan to intervene into the matter and get the project accomplished by KWSB and release water into the mains so that the water-intensive exporting leather industry may survive from total collapse.
He said that the Tannery Zone in KIA is not getting the water from KWSB for over a decade and the only source of water was from underground wells that are drying up fast. He further stated that now the industrial estate faces a drought like situation.
KWSB continues to deny supply of water to the biggest national cluster of leather and its made-ups, which contributes to over 35% of total exports of national leather industry. The huge funds given to the KWSB by the Governor Sindh from his special funds for this project appears to have been wasted since KWSB despite laying two kilometer long 12 inches dia pipeline from Tannery Zone to Chamra Roundabout.
According to PTA the pipeline is yet to be connected with Water Trunk Main at Chamra Roundabout. PTA has demanded that KWSB must be asked to become account for wastage of precious, scarce national resources.
As the water crisis in Tannery Zone has worsened, Fawad Jawed and has earnestly appealed to the Governor Sindh and Minister for Local Government, Sharjeel Memon to come to the rescue as leather and leather goods industry without further delay in order to save over a billion dollar industry of Karachi.
For more information, contact:
Pakistan Tanners Association
46-C, 21st Commercial Street,
Phase II, Extn., Defence Housing Suthority,
Karachi-75500 – Pakistan.
Tel: +92-21-35880180, 35880184, 35899819,