Water supply to improve by 25pc in South areas

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Sindh Local Government Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah has said that operations against water thieves would continue till the theft from the city is completely eradicated.

After today’s successful operation, water supply in the district South, especially in Lyari and adjoining localities will improve by 20 to 25 per cent, he added.

The minister said this while inspecting the site after completion of major action by anti-theft cell of Karachi Water and Sewerage Board against water thieves in Golimar area.

Local Government Secretary Syed Najam Shah and others were also accompanied the minister on the occasion.

Nasir Hussain Shah said that the operation was carried out on the special instructions of Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

He said that water was being stolen in technical and scientific way under the Lyari river bridge.

Illegal connections have been made in the water board pipelines going deep down. Similar kind of water theft has been identified in other areas of the city and action will also be taken there soon .

He said that the water board teams were facing resistance from water mafia. Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has directed to the police chief and Rangers to give full support to water board teams.

The LGminister added that the chief minister had also approved the setting up of an anti-water theft police station in the city.

He said that noone will be spared, no matter how influential, action will be taken against everyone,” he said.

After today’s operation, the theft of water from here will be stopped completely and strict action will be taken against those involved.

He said that the citizens of Karachi are facing difficulties as their water is being stolen. He said that the people would be supplied their water. The purpose of the ongoing grand operation in the city is to deliver water to the people.

‘Grand operation has been launched in the city and orders have been issued to take action against water thieves on a daily basis,’ the minister said.

Earlier, the anti-water theft cell of KW&SB led by in-charge Rashid Siddiqui carried out a major action in Lyaririver in Golimar area this morning.

Police, Rangers and Sindh Police SSU took part in the operation. The water mafia was stealing millions of gallons of water meant for Lyari and adjoining areas and selling it to industries through illegal connections in the water board main lines.

The Anti-Water Theft Cell has successfully completed the operation against the accused involved and seized motors, pipes and other equipment used in theft.

The local government ministerappreciated the performance of Rashid Siddiqui and his team and directed them to continue the operations with more intensity.