Body formed to make functional faulty RO plants

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that installation of RO Plants in the water-starved areas, particularly Thar, was a revolutionary step to provide drinking water to citizens.

Presiding over a meeting here at the CM House to review the progress of installation of Reverse Osmosis (RO) Plants and converting them on solar-based energy, he said that there are reports that some of the RO plants had failed to work and some others had capacity issues. He said all these issues must be addressed by taking technical and scientific approach.

Secretary Special Initiative department Aijaz Ali Khan told the meeting that in the phase-I, 500 plants were installed between 2012 and 2015, costing Rs2.44 billion. Out of 500 plants, 393 are operational and providing water to 1.63 million people. He added that so far 68 RO plants have been converted on solar energy while work on others is in progress.

He said that in phase-II 750 RO plants are being installed at a cost of Rs4 billion. Out of 531 RO plants being installed 379 have been made functional. He added that the solarisation of 135 plants is in progress. He said that 17 more RO plants would be made functional if their bores are made deeper.

The meeting was told that in the third phase of installation of 750 RO plants started in 2014 for Rs5.49 billion and are scheduled to complete in 2018. So far 525 RO plants have been installed, of them 430 are functional. The solarisation work of 27 ROI plants was in progress.

It was pointed out that in phase-I & II some 1050 RO plants are being turned on solar energy and so far work on 600 units have been completed. The solarisation of Manora RO (Desalination) Plant, launched for Rs427 million, is in progress.

The meeting was informed that in phase-III 750 Plants being installed at Tharparkar include 145 units at Mithi, 136 at Islamkot, 131 at Chachro, 129 at Dahli, 71 at Diplo and 95 at Nangarparkar.

Out of 707 RO plants, 550 have been installed, of them 125 are functional at Mithi, 108 at Islamkot, 68 at Chachro, 50 at Dahali, 42 at Diplo and 37 at Nangarparkar. On this the chief minister said that it means 277 RO plants are non-functional in Tharparkar on which he asked the secretary to submit him a report with reasons in detail.

The meeting was informed that at present out of 118 RO plants 107 are operational in district Tharparkar, Umerkot, Badin, Thatta and Sujawal. Installation of another 11 RO plants is in progress. The capacity of the plants is 11,580,000 USGPD to benefit the population of 1,22,489 people.

Secretary Irrigation Syed Jamal Shah told the meeting that his department has installed 23 RO plants in 23 villages of Jamshoro and Dadu districts for Rs234.574 million and all of them are functioning properly. All the plants are based on solar system, he added.

Secretary Public Health Engineering & Rural Development Department (PHE&RDD) Tamizuddin Khero giving presentation to the chief minister said that their department has installed 49 RO plants in nine different districts, of them 41 are functional and eight are un-functional for want of power connection.

He said that the RO plants installed at Rohri (three units), Pano Aqil (three units) and one at Tando Allahyar are un-functional because their powers connection by Sepco are awaited. “We have paid demand note for their power connections to Sepco. As soon as their power connections are installed they would be made functional.

He added that as far as the RO plant of Jati is concerned it is non-functional due to major variation in ground water chemistry in terms of TDS. He added that sea water membrane are required to make the plants functional. On this the chief minister directed him to take necessary measure to make it functional and report him.

Secretary L&FD Ghulam Hussain Memon said that his department has installed seven RO plants in different villages of Thatta and Sujawal districts for Rs524.169 million.

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