Commissioner takes notice of water crisis

KARACHI: Karachiites will still have to rely on water tankers; however, Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has taken a notice of water crisis in the city and water tanker mafia’s charging of desired amounts. Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KWSB) has been bounded to ensure selling of water tankers to citizens at official prices.

He demanded a report on complaint of water shortage from high officials of KWSB in a meeting with them at his office on Tuesday. Deputy Managing Director Technical Services Iftikhar Ahmed Khan and head of water tanker department Rashid Siddiqui were also present on the occasion.

Siddiqui said that water supply system should be improved after the operation against illegal hydrants and water from government hydrants provided at government rates.

The government rates for water tankers are as follows: a 1,000 gallon water tanker for Rs1200, a 2,000 gallon water tanker for Rs1,800 and a 3,000 gallon water tanker for Rs 2,400. Commissioner complaint cell could be contacted at 99203443 in case somebody asks for more money.

The water board told the meeting that four more hydrants would be constructed to make system of water provision better through hydrants. Two thousand water tankers are providing water to citizens as an alternative system.

The meeting decided that all the government water hydrants would work from 15 to 18 hours a day for better provision of service. Crackdown would be carried out against water tanker owners charging exorbitant rate. KWSB should keep watch on underground system of water provision and stop water theft.

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