KARACHI: Managing Director Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KWSB) Misbahuddin Farid in a letter to Managing Director SITE Limited stated that Water Mafia is stealing water from KWSB Lines and selling it without any fear.
He said: “They have installed illegal connections from main lines causing bulk lines to get damaged and cause shortage in adjoining areas. Moreover these criminal entities are destroying KWSB system by punching through 24″ inch main line, resultantly supply would be stopped permanently, therefore, immediate action is inevitable in this regard.”
He requested SITE Limited authorities to cancel all NOCs issued in order to help bring all these entities down and take action against them or else KWSB would be forced to take action. He also requested industrialists of SITE that they should not purchase water from any other entities since they are supplying stolen water but not the boring water. Those who are purchasing water from these entities are also responsible for this crime and they should now identify these entities understanding their moral, religious and legal duties towards KWSB.
MD KWSB in his letter said that elected members of National and Provincial Assemblies had also pointed out to this problem on several occasions that water mafia was stealing water from KWSB lines and selling it, butr, SITE Ltd was reluctant to take any action. He said that they had reminded of of that several times but they had not taken any action due to reasons known only to them.
Orangi, Qasba Colony and adjoining areas, SITE town and adjoining areas, Baldia, Sher Shah, Pak Colony, Gulbae Village, Badni Village and island areas are suffering due to water theft from 24 inch diameter main line.
These entities are selling the water stolen from KWSB lines under the title of boring water which is injustice to the citizens. Hundred of illegal connections have been placed in the main trunk line coming from Banaras pumping station near Musarat Cinema and water is sold to Industrialist at a very high cost. Due to this water theft, supply through Banaras Pumping station is suffering badly and these entities are becoming a challenge for SITE Limited and government. It is however SITE Limited and concerned authorities’ responsibility to eliminate all such entities, said KWSB Chief.
He said that due to such entities, KWSB is going through financial crises as well. “We are rapidly losing our resources on one hand and our infrastructure has been devastatingly damaged by such water mafias and goon pushing us further down into the crises. Industrialists and SITE Limited must cooperate with KWSB to play its moral and religious right and help it bring down these water mafias stealing water from KWSB lines and bring them to justice once and for all.”