KMC asked to explain delay in storm-water drain project

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday directed Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) to explain why the construction work on the project of storm-water drain from Shahrah-e-Faisal and Baloch Colony to Shahrah-e-Qaideen has still not been commenced.

A division bench headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah was hearing a petition filed by shopkeepers of Nursery Furniture Market through which they sought court directives for the KMC and the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) to provide civic amenities in the area.

The petitioner, Azmatullah and other 10 shopkeepers submitted that Nursery Furniture Market and its surrounding areas lacked the proper drainage system. They added that they face difficulties and heavy losses during heavy rains as the area, which was a low-lying, is inundated with the rainwater due to lack of storm-water drain to drain out the rainwater.

They said that they had approached the top officials of local administration requesting them to provide civic amenities in the area but till today local administration had failed to resolve the issue.

He said that KMC had launched a project of storm-water drain from Shahrah-e-Faisal and Balcoh Colony to Shahrah-e- Qaiden and its surrounding areas in 2010 but till date no work on such project could be started.

In response to court notice, KWSB’s managing director, Qutubuddin Shaikh and chief engineer, Muhammad Arif appeared before the court. Arif told the judges that the KWSB was responsible to pump the domestic sewage out through its system.

However, KMC administrator and an official of DMC said, municipal corporations were only responsible to drain out the rainwater adding KMC was also responsible for construction and maintenance of storm-water drains.

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