Karachi administration decides to control water crisis

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KARACHI: The Karachi administration decided to control over the water crisis in city. In this regard a meeting chairing by Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah reviewed the performances of Karachi Water Supply and Sewerage Board (KW&SB) and discussed the strategy.Qaim lauded the efforts of Sindh Minister for Local Government for initiating campaign against the illegal water hydrants in Karachi. Still there is need to expedite the vigorous operation against these elements, he added.Operation against the illegal water hydrants and waterconnections has already been directed by the Sindh government to stop the water theft and illegal consumption.Qaim directed the management of the KW&SB to submit the list of the illegal water hydrants and the different factories/industries with their location and ownership who were engaged in water theft.He directed the additional IGP Karachi and DG Rangers to provide full support of their forces for demolishing of these illegal water hydrants/connections from the factories. He directed the management of KW&SB to bring improvement in their Water Distribution Management (WDM) and also to streamline electric connections of their pump houses by keeping close coordination with the K-Electric for which subsidy in billion of rupees have been approved.Rapidly increasing influx, water theft activities and scarcity of rainfall has caused acute water shortage in the Karachi. He said government was aware of this situation and was planning the strategy to meet this situation once for all.Sindh government is pursuing its hard to federal government for launching K-4 greater water project for Karachi and likely it would be launched in next financial year.Sindh government was also planning to conceive an alternate water supply project to get more water from Kheenjhar Lake for Karachi. However he approved schemes of KW&SB for up gradation of Dhaibeji pumping station at its estimated cost of Rs 1200 million and directed the officers to work on it with immediate effect. This scheme would add 100 million gallon water per day into the supply system of KW&SB.Sindh Minister for Local Government Sharjeel Memon briefing the meeting said demand for water per day was 1,000 million gallon whereas KW&SB has only managed 6.5 million gallon of water supply, while rest of water was being stolen through 60 to 70 illegal water hydrants and illegal water connections by different factories.He said though he has launched strict campaign against illegal water hydrants but still about 70 such water hydrants were working specially in the west areas of the city. He sought strong force of Sindh Police and Rangers with his management to destroy these water hydrants.Memon said he was also bringing reforms and improvement in water distribution management in KW&SB but still there was need of enhancing the capacity of the system.He said PC-1 have been prepared to enhance the capacity up to 100 million gallon water per day of the Dhaibeji pumping station with its estimate cost of Rs 1,200 million, besides an alternate big water supply scheme has also been conceived at estimated cost of Rs 08 billion to take more water from Kheenjhar Lake and add it into the system of KW&SB.Qaim Ali Shah approved the scheme for up gradation of Dhaibeji pumping station with Rs 1,200 million and directed KW&SB to revisit the other new scheme by keeping in view the timing of K-4 schemes and its impact and submit their report after June 2014.

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