SHC issues notices on petition against illegal hydrants

Karachi: The Sindh High Court SHC on Thursday issued notice to managing director, Karachi Water and Sewerage Board KWSB, secretary home department, inspector general of police and other respondents in a petition seeking action against the illegal hydrants supplying subsoil water in the city.

The petitioner, Pir Bakhsh, submitted that due to scarcity of water he was supplied with water through tankers operating in the city. He submitted that he came to know that the water tankers were supplying was dirty and unhygienic, which is injurious for the health of public.

He stated before the court that he went to Karachi Water and Sewerage Board KWSB to enquire about the water hydrants supplying water in the city. He submitted that he was informed that 21 water hydrants were operating legally in Karachi, while the rest of the hydrants and water suppliers were operating illegally.

He submitted that KWSB has allowed the water tankers to supply subsoil water/dirty water in the city. He said that on 3092012 SHC has restrained KWSB to ensure that no illegal hydrant should be allowed to commercially supply water to factories and other organizations.

He said that law enforcement agencies were also directed too close down the illegal water hydrants and to submit their progressive report in this regard in the court.

Citing managing director KWSB, secretary home department, IGP, station house officers of Sohrab Goth, New Karachi, Gabol Town, Saeedabad, and Sharafi Goth police stations he prayed the court to direct the respondents not to allow any illegal water supplier or water hydrants operating in the city. He also prayed to court to direct the law enforcers to ensure that subsoil water may not be supplied to the citizens.

Headed by Justice Maqbool Baqar, the division bench issued notices to respondents, as well as, additional advocate general and put off the hearing till March 13.

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