July 05, 2013 Our Staff Reporter
KARACHI - The water shortage in largest leather industry has worsened further as Pakistan Tanners Association (PTA) raised alarm as fearing the total collapse of the export-oriented industry.
In a SOS to the Governor Sindh, Chief Minister Sindh, Commissioner of Karachi, KMC Administrator and Managing Director KWSB, the Chairman PTA (SZ), Amanullah Aftab has appealed to intervene as even the sub-soil water, the only source of water in many areas of Tannery Zone, has started drying up while other resources of this basic input in leather sector have gone remote. He said that the leather industries in Tannery Zone of Korangi Industrial Area have taken a sigh of relief when the Governor Sindh, Dr Ishratul Ebad had approved and released an amount of Rs38.4 million from his special funds to install a dedicated pipeline to Tannery Zone for supply of 5 mgd (million gallons per day) water to the drought hit leather industry while another 5 mgd water was to be supplied from RO plant to be installed near Tannery Zone.
He said that the executing agency KWSB had been released all the required funds a year back and the pipeline was laid already but the water into the pipeline has not been released by KWSB while on the other side the work on RO plant is also not accomplished even after sending repeated reminders to the MD KWSB, Misbahuddin Farid and other senior officers. Aftab said that the leather tanning industry is water intensive industry and without it cannot operate as water requires in its all processing stages.