Murad sets up task force for crackdown on water theft in Karachi – Pakistan


KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Sunday summoned a high-level working group to take action on the risk of water theft and illegal hydrants and to close leaks in the Karachi Water and Sanitation Board (KWSB) system.

In less than a week Mr Shah was chairing a second meeting on the city’s water shortage issue at the CM House where he instructed party members to launch the project in the next two days.

He appointed Local Government Minister Syed Nasir Shah as head of the trade union federation. Other members will include the Karachi police chief, the commissioner, the relevant deputy commissioner, CM Special Assistant Waqar Mehdi, KWSB deputy chairman Najmi Alam and others.

It has been decided that the team will be accompanied by the police, Rangers and anti-government officials to take strict action against illegal tying up water pipes.

CM angry over KWSB for displaying ‘estimated numbers’

The meeting was attended by provincial ministers Saeed Ghani, Nasir Shah, Sharjeel Memon, Principal Secretary Sohail Rajput, Planning and Development Chairperson Hassan Naqvi, LG Secretary Najam Shah and other senior officials.

Summing up the meeting, the LG secretary said the KWSB base started from Keenjhar Lake to a bulk water supply network that carries water to reservoirs and pumps for distribution.

KWSB officials responded negatively when the prime minister asked them about the installation of meters at the main source. CM noted that all water availability rates and line losses or theft were estimated.

He instructed the KWSB to start installing metropolitan metering meters from Keenjhar to the delivery system to find the exact numbers to calculate the loss.

He was of the opinion that a system in place to monitor the proper water supply throughout the city based on population density throughout the region was much needed.

He instructed the water board to prepare a strategic plan for the city’s water distribution system to monitor the population of the area. “If a town has a large population, it should be given more water than a small town,” he said.

CM said a similar meter system should be established from the Hub source to the transmission system in the Western district.

He also instructed the KWSB to set up a monitoring and data logging system.

A map of areas based on demand and supply can also be established with the help of NED University, he said, adding that another way to design an adequate supply of water to all areas based on population needs using a hydraulic model is an advanced way to solve water. the issue of the city.

He also instructed the water board to develop a GIS (Geographic Information System) based on the water management application for the KWSB water supply system.

Published Parhlo, May 9, 2022

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