SC seeks details of water projects in Karachi

June 10, 2015 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: The Supreme Court directed on Thursday Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KWSB) to submit in court the details of drinking water projects, including K-4 project, initiated to control water crisis in the city.

A three-member bench, comprising Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Sarmad Jalal Usmani and Maqbool Baqar gave the direction while hearing an application seeking court directives for the authorities concerned to take action against illegal hydrants to control water shortage.

During Thursday’s hearing, KW&SB Managing Director Hashim Raza Zaidi told the judges that over 200 illegal hydrants were dismantled, adding water utility had also closed its hydrant at Chakra Goth, Korangi to cope with the water shortage.

Zaidi told the judges that in order to enhance the capacity of pumping stations, K-4 project was initiated and work on the project was under way. He added the project would improve the capacity of pumping stations and help mitigate water woes.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk had taken notice on the applications regarding illegal hydrants received through the Supreme Court’s Human Rights Cell.

The applications had stated influential mafias were operating illegal hydrants openly in the city by stealing water from Karachi Water and Sewerage Board’s pipelines in different areas. Illegal hydrants inevitably damaged Water Board’s main water supply system besides illegal water connections was polluting clean water creating health hazards and environmental problems.