Leather industry to get water through tankers: MD KWSB

Karachi: Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) will provide 0.5 million gallons water per day from a designated hydrant to the industries in Tannery Zone, Korangi in order to provide some relief to the water starved leather industry.

This was decided in a meeting with the Managing Director KWSB, Qutubuddin Shaikh with the Chairman Pakistan Tanners Association (PTA) SZ, Fawad Jawed, Vice President FPCCI, Gulzar Firoz and other office-bearers.

The KWSB chief on instruction by the Commissioner Karachi, Shoaib Siddiqui called on the PTA Chairman the other day said that the export-oriented leather industry to be supplied water through tankers from a KWSB hydrant located in Korangi Industrial Area to the tune of 0.5 mgd so that the wheel of the tanners should keep running during this high season.

He was apprised by the Fawad that KWSB had laid a 32 inches pipeline from its water trunk main to the Sector 7-A for supply of three mgd water and the work has been completed with the special fund of Rs44.5 million allocated and released by the Governor Sindh, Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan to the KWSB but water is yet to be released into the pipelines.

The MD KWSB expressed his unawareness over real the situation and said that he did not know about the pipeline has already been installed but not connected to the WTM. He assured to look into the matter and arrangements would be done to release quota of water allocated to the leather industry. He said that approval from Chief Minister for the project of R/O plants is awaited as they would be installed near Malir River in order to provide the remaining two mgd quota of water to the Sector 7-A.

The Chairman PTA Fawad Jawed said that despite high season for the tannery industry in which bulk of hides and skins collected during Eidul Azha are lying with the hundreds of factories, there is no water available for their processing. He informed that the only source of water to the tanneries was from the hydrants in the area which have been closed down during an operation.

Gulzar Firoz expressed his dismay over the non-release of water into the newly laid pipeline despite the clear cut orders from the high-ups.

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