Inordinate delay in water pipeline completion deploredMay 24, 2013
KARACHI: Chairman Pakistan Tannery Association (PTA) South Zone Amanullah Aftab has deplored inordinate delay in completion of water supply pipeline by KWSB in Tannery Zone, Korangi Industrial Area.
In a statement on Friday, Aftab said that the laying of pipeline was executed earlier last year as Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan had sanctioned Rs38.5 million, which was released to KWSB immediately in order to install pipeline for export-oriented leather industry of Pakistan.
He said that KWSB contractor had started the work, but after the period of over one year, the work could not be completed while the industry was badly suffering due to scarce water. PTA chief said that the pipeline was meant o restore water supply
to the water starved tannery zone, which he regretted was not getting it for last one decade and KWSB did absolutely nothing to help the water intensive tanning industry, leaving it to depend substandard underground water and through tanker supply.*
He said that Sindh governor came to the rescue of the largest national cluster of leather industry on PTA South Zone request
and approved funds from his special funds for the above project, in a meeting in April 2012 at Governor House. “Over a year has now passed but KWSB has failed to complete the project despite repeated PTA South Zone requests for expediting the work which is now suspended since early January 2013 without any intimation whatsoever, to PTA South Zone being the stakeholder in the project.”
He slammed KWSB for its negligence as despite receiving all the required funds, the project had remained suspended. “The national cluster of tanneries and made-up units of leather contributes over 35 per cent of foreign exchange earnings of national leather industry and is a source of livelihood for thousands of people,” he said.
Aftab appealed to the Sindh governor to intervene and help to get rightful water share of this industry. He further asked MD KWSB Misbahuddin Farid to order to resume work on the project immediately.