M. Waqar Bhatti
Tuesday, September 04, 2012
From Print Edition
The Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) on Monday ordered the closure of all legal and illegal hydrants in the city that were supplying water through tankers to different areas and claimed it would provide water to all localities from its underground lines network.
Managing Director KWSB Misbahuddin Farid told The News that following the Sindh High Court’s directives, all hydrants were closed in Karachi and from now onwards, water would only be supplied through taps and the underground line network.
“We have also requested the SSP Crime Branch of the Sindh police, who is also the liaison officer with the KWSB, to seal all the hydrants operating in the city and report the action to IGP Sindh” he said.
He added that there were six legal hydrants operated by the KWSB staff, while several had been given to private parties on a contractual basis, but none of them paid the money owed to the water utility.
In addition to these hydrants, many were being operated illegally by the tanker mafia, who stole water from the main supply lines, Farid added.
The number of hydrants that would be closed from today (Monday) was approximately 100. The KWSB chief added that any other illegally operated hydrants would also be forced to close.
Farid said he held a meeting with his staff and police officials, during which he directed the deputy managing director (DMD) Technical to monitor the closure of hydrants in the city.
Similarly, he requested the Inspector General of the Sindh Police to direct his men to take action against the hydrants operating in their respective areas. He also asked the IG to take action against the concerned SHO if the hydrants continued to operate.
The managing director said he also requested the Sindh Chief Secretary to constitute a high-level committee to look into the issue and suggest the establishment of water hydrants, if required, to meet the needs of the city.
DSP Rao Aslam of the police, who was present with MD Water Board, told The News he received the orders from senior officials to follow the directions of the water board chief “I have learnt that there are more than 100 legal and illegal water hydrants in the city and as they have been declared closed. They will not be allowed to operate any further,” he claimed.