Restructuring of Karachi Water and Sewerage Board ordered – Chief Minister directs Karachi Water and Sewerage Board to provide 2750 free water tankers to district west, mosques

Karachi, June 18, 2015 (PPI-OT): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has approved the release of Rs160 million to Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) to provide 2,750 free of cost water tankers in the water-short areas on daily basis during the holy month of Ramzan. “Apart from it you have to take strict action against illegal hydrants, otherwise I would take action against you.”

These directives he issued while presiding over a meeting regarding provision of free of cost water tankers in the water starved areas here at CM House today. The meeting was attended by Finance Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon, Chief Secretary Siddique Memon, Principal Secretary to CM Almuddin Bullo, Secretary Finance Sohail Rajput, Secretary Local Government Imran Atta Soomro, MD KWSB Hashim Raza Zaidi and other concerned officers.

Managing Director KWSB briefing the meeting said that the total water requirement of the city was 11 MGD against which 550 MGD was available in the system. The shortfall of 550 would be met when K-4 project would start functioning. “The portion of shortfall would be covered next year when two schemes of 160 MGD would be completed,” he said.

Replying to a question of the MD said that the KWSB was active against illegal hydrants and water theft. On this the chief minister said “there were still complaints that illegal water hydrants are operating. I want you to action against them otherwise I would take action. You must continue your campaign against illegal hydrants and illegal water connection during Ramzan,” he directed.

Mr Sharjeel Inam Memon briefing the chief minister said that the as per his (CM) directives a comprehensive plan has been envisage to provide water tankers to the areas of District West. At this the chief minister directed him to provide water tankers to all the mosques during the month of Ramzan. “There should not be water shortage in the mosques. Let the people take water from there also,” he said.

Minister for Information and local Government Sharjeel Memon told the chief minister that KWSB has 12,900 employees. At this the chief minister directed the minister and managing director KWSB to restructure water board according to the human resource need. “The restricting of water board should be result- oriented. I am giving you funds whenever you need but you have to make yourself (KWSB) self-sufficient in resource generation,” he ordered.

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