KARACHI: Minister for Information and Local Bodies Sharjeel Inam Memon on Tuesday said that provincial government was working with sincerity to provide relief to Karachiites facing water shortage.
Addressing a press briefing at KWSB headquarters along with KWSB Managing Director Syed Qutubuddin and others, Memon said that city needed 1000 million gallons of water.
“This shortage has occurred due to non-supply from Hub Dam. The city is facing a water shortage of 600 million gallons of water,” he said.
“We have implemented water break system in different areas in order to overcome this situation,” he said, adding that water leakages and other issues would be resolved on urgent basis. He said that major reason behind water shortage was electricity load shedding by Karachi Electric at KWSB pumping stations at Dhabeji.
“There are 250 KWSB pumping stations, however, load shedding at six main pumping stations at Dhabeji is severely affecting water supply in the city,” he said.
Sharjeel requested Karachi Electric to exempt Dhabeji pumping stations from load shedding so that the water supply could be improved.
He said that KWSB had demolished several illegal hydrants while the officials were directed to demolish remaining illegal hydrants in the city to ensure uninterrupted water supply.
To a query regarding illegal hydrant in Garden, the minister said that the government would not accept any pressure from any influential person over demolition of illegal hydrants and would continue to demolish them until last illegal hydrant was demolished.
He said that illegal water connections in industrial areas were also one of the biggest reasons behind water shortage in the city. “I have given 15 days to KWSB officials to end these illegal connections and directed them to seal factories involved in these illegal activities,” he said.
He warned industrialists to disconnect illegal connections, otherwise their factories would be sealed off and owners would be arrested.
He said that complaints were received regarding legal hydrants supplying excess water and said that if found violating the rules, the hydrants would be sealed and their owners would be put behind bars.
He said that less billing at hydrants and charging extra amounts of Rs 2000 on each water tanker was also reported in several areas and the government would install meters to check their water supply.
He called for action against household mineral water supplying companies and said that they were involved in stealing water from KWSB water lines. “People should inform regarding such household companies in their surroundings, which are also a reason of water shortage in the city,” he said.
He said that advertisements would also be published in order to create awareness regarding water theft by these household companies.
“I will hold meeting with KWSB officials twice a week to monitor the current water shortage situation until the issue is resolved,” he said.
Responding to the issue of ghost employees in the department, Memon said that he had directed KWSB Managing Director to summon all such employees and utilize their manpower.
To a query regarding non-operational reverse osmosis plants installed by KWSB, the minister said that they remained non-operational as Karachi Electric denied electric connection to them due to its dues on KWSB, however, KE had recently agreed to give electric connections and soon they would be operational.
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