Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has directed KWSB to launch rotation system for distribution of water in the city and inform the public through its Website so that people know that they would receive water.
“KWSB has to take over the entire system in a transparent manner and it can’t be left at the mercy of the evolvement.”
This he said on Friday while presiding over a meeting of Local Government Department to evolve strategy regarding arrangements and preparation for monsoon/ heavy rains starting from July 29 and work out a plan for equitable distribution of water in the city. The meeting was attended by Minister Local Government Saeed Ghani, Principal Secretary to CM Sajid Jamal Abro, Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Shahalwani, Secretary Local Government Khalid Hyder Shah, MD KWSB Asadullah Khan and other concerned officers of water board.
Minister Local Government said that there was 406 MGD net supply of water in the city against a requirement of 918 MGD.
At this the chief minister said almost there was a 50 percent shortage, therefore distribution water must be made equitably. “A rotation system as is planned by Irrigation department during water shortages may also be replicated by KWSB in the city,” he said and added “presently some areas are getting water regularly while the others were waiting for weeks- this is injustice and unfair practice,” he said.
Mr Shah said that he had solid reports that the Valve-men have established their parallel sway in the water distribution system. “The valve-men involved in favoritism must be identified and criminal cases may also initiated against them,” he urged minister local government.
He directed KWSB MD Asadullah Khan to work out a detailed rotation plan and upload it on its Website so that people must know when they would receive water. He also directed him to launch operation against illegal water connections and theft. “It is also a big challenge for KWSB and must be dealt accordingly.
The chief minister also urged Minister Local Government to engage water board engineers for proper maintenance and upgradation of water distribution system so that 30 percent line losses/theft could be controlled.
“If you succeed in controlling 30 percent water losses you would be able to save 174 MGD water which is a big deal,” he told the minister Local Government.
Heavy rains: The chief minister said that the Met department has issued a forecast of heavy rains starting from July 29 in the city. Therefore, necessary arrangements which include cleanliness of nalas, proper maintenance of sewerage system and repair of depressions on the road must be made.
The Local Government Minister Saeed Ghani said that there were 16 Nalas under KMC and they were given Rs500 million last year.
The chief minister said that the KMC must have a work plan for cleaning of nalas so that necessary funds could be released.
He said that the KMC must make a profiling of each and every nala which include length of the nala, katcha and pacca portions, portions under encroachment, choking points, the points from where filth and garbage was dumped or dropped in the nala etc.