There are five industrial estates in Karachi, but not a single combined effluent treatment plant (CETP) is in place to treat the industrial waste which is being mixed with the city’s sewage and falls into the sea untreated causing not only a substantial ecological disaster, but also human inconvenience and health risk, said the report of a judicial body. In its fourth progress report placed before the apex court recently, the Supreme Court-mandated commission on water and sanitation in Sindh stated that due to its persistent efforts the federal government had approved a scheme for the establishment of five CETPs for the city.
The project cost would be Rs11.8 billion, of which 67 per cent would be financed by the provincial government and the remaining 33pc cost would be borne by the federal government, it added. The one-man commission, headed by retired SC Justice Amir Hani Muslim, was established in January this year to implement the directives of the apex court to improve sanitation facilities, environment and potable drinking water in the province.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD .Sindh govt will finance 67pc of the total Rs11.8bn cost of the project The progress report stated that the work on these five proposed CETPs would be started in the third week of November. It further stated that there was also no such plant for industrial waste of the Nooriabad industrial area and the administrative process to set up a CETP in the area had been completed and approved and the work would begin in the second week of November.
The CETP at the Kotri industrial area was built with a cost of around Rs800 million but it never achieved the desired results and the commission granted time on many occasions after the provincial authorities had been seeking time to make the plant efficiently functional, but to no avail, it added. The report further said that two teams were assigned to suggest a way forward and both arrived at a similar conclusion highlighting the design and execution deficiencies. Therefore, the commission decided to rectify these deficiencies of the plant by making industries department responsible for submitting a PC-I. Besides, the commission also directed the industrialists to install pre-treatment plants and septic tanks within the premises of their industrial units in Karachi.