Karachi—Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah taking his personal efforts has allowed Water board to lift 25 MGD water from Hub Dam which is at dead level so that water shortage of Karachi could be addressed. “This lifting would continue for next 25 days.”
This was disclosed in a meeting held here under the chairmanship of Sindh CM to discuss water issues of the city, said a staetment on Wednesday. The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Siddique Memon, Principal Secretary Alamuddin Bullo, Commissioner Karachi Aijaz Ali Khan, Secretary Local Government Baqaullah Unar, all deputy commissioners and administrators of DMCs.
Deputy Commissioner South Saleem Rajput said that free tanker services was going on in water-short areas like Shireen Jinnah Colony, Machhar Colony, different parts of Lyari and some other areas. He added that the through Commissioner Rs 10 million have been provided for development works which have been started.
He said that there are 10 drains in the jurisdiction of District South. The Sindh government has provided Rs 20 million for improvement of sewerage system for which 24 schemes have been approved and tenders are being invited.
Deputy Commissioner East said that there are 31 UCs in the East but water shortage is only in one Union Council. He added that there were some development work issues in the Gulistan-i-Jaura, Mahmoodabad and some other areas.
He further said that his district has been given a quota of 50,000 gallon of water daily. He added that garbage lifting and transfer to landfill site have been outsourced by DMC East. “We have given ownership to distribution of wtaer and garbage lifting and are producing good results,” he said.
Deputy Commissioner District Central Fariduddin said that after district West his district is facing worst shortage of water. He added that sometimes it takes 15 to 20 days to water board release water in its supply system. He also said that water requirement of his district is about 170 MGD but hardly 65 MGD is provided. Presently, 100 tankers are being provided daily.
He requested to for provision of 50 more tankers daily which the Chief Minister ordered forthwith. DC Central said that garbage heaps have emerged along the road sides and in the streets but DMC Central has started lifting.