Site management reluctant to pay Rs200m to Wasa

HYDERABAD: The modalities to resolve the problems of immediate nature were discussed in the meeting presided over by Provincial Caretaker Minister for Environment & Alternate Energy Sharif Ansari at Commissioner House Hyderabad on Friday.

The Divisional Commissioner Hyderabad Jamal Mustafa Syed, Additional Commissioner-I Hyderabad Fareed Junejo, Administrator HMC Syed Barkat Ahmed Rizvi, MD WASA Saleemuddin, officers from HDP and other Provincial Government Departments attended the meeting and participated in the deliberation.

Addressing the meeting, the Provincial Caretaker Minister said that to maintain cleanliness, provide efficient services of water supply and sewerage system, standardize the speed breakers on the roads, remove water ponds from the road and functionalize safe drinking water plants in Hyderabad were the issue of immediate nature and be resolved on priority basis.

The re-strengthening of WASA was among the main issues to deliver the services to the people efficiently. The MD WASA while briefing the meeting said that WASA was supposed to pay an amount of Rs3.8 million for salary against its recovery up to Rs2.5 million thus has created a gap in between income and expenditure and difficulties. He said that millions of rupees have been piled up as outstanding against the government organizations and Rs 200 million only against the site management of Hyderabad.

He said that irony was that the government organizations have not head of account for their water charges and this is the main technical hurdle in payment to WASA from the government organizations. He said that due to financial constraints, out of 5 filter plants, only 3 are working and we are not enable to purchase chemical for remaining 2 plants.

He proposed for providing bailout package for the WASA to clear its outstanding dues and normalize it’s working. The Provincial Caretaker Minister asked the MD WASA to submit his proposals in writing for resolving the financial issues within shortest possible time. The meeting recommended for keeping the budgetary provision of water charges in each government organization and reforming recovery system from individual.

While discussing over the issue of sanitary workers, the Provincial Caretaker Minister desired to resolve the same with efficient strategy so that cleanliness in Hyderabad must be maintained. He said that since this issue was directly related to the environmental protection and health hazard, as such it must be concentrated on priority basis.

The Administrator HMC Syed Barkat Ahmed Rizvi said that though his organization was also experiencing some financial difficulties but he would try his best to keep the city clean within the resources. He said that against the OZT share of Rs79,672,000 in the month of March, 2013, the expenditure of HMC against salary, gratuity, commutation, pension, POL, utility bills stand Rs102,950,000 for same period.

He said that due to this financial constraint, we have very little number of sanitary workers. While talking about the roads condition, he informed that under the shortest planning, 20 schemes of damaged roads of Hyderabad City have been proposed and prepared at the estimated cost of Rs100,823,450, while 12 schemes of road improvement of Latifabad taluka proposed and prepared at the estimated cost of Rs100,385,000 and 6 such schemes of Qasimabad at the cost of Rs8,700,000.

The administrator also informed the meeting that schedule of anti-mosquito spray has been chalked out and it would be carried out for 10 days in Hyderabad City, 17 days in Latifabad and five days in Qasimabad from today. He said that this schedule would be repeated as well.

The Divisional Commissioner while talking in the meeting assured the minister for providing all kinds of administrative support and asked the officers to coordinate and prepare short-term strategy in such a way so that the problems of immediate nature be resolved.

Later on, the Sind Caretaker Minister inaugurated anti-mosquito spray by operating the spray machine outside the Commissioner’s House Hyderabad.