SC directs KWSB to form policy for hydrants


KARACHI: The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday directed the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board’s (KWSB) managing director to work out a comprehensive policy for regulation and monitoring of water hydrants in the metropolis.

Headed by Justice Amir Hani Muslim a three-member bench had taken up various human rights applications, seeking action against the illegal water hydrants, at the apex court’s Karachi Registry.

At the outset, KWSB MD Hashim Raza Zaidi told the bench that over 200 hydrants were dismantled under the supervision of sessions judges of the respective jurisdictions. He said that some hydrants could not be razed because of the stay orders of the high court.

Earlier the bench was informed that there are total 24 legal hydrants in the city, out of which 21 are operational and the remaining three are dysfunctional. It was further informed that there is a standard operating procedure (SOP) dated August 25, 2009 under which these hydrants are regulated.

The applicants had stated that 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 were polluting clean water, creating health hazards and environmental problems.