KARACHI: The Supreme Court directed on Thursday the provincial police chief to show up before it on Friday and apprise it about what action was taken against illegal hydrants being operated in the city.
A two-judge bench comprising Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany and Amir Hani Muslim was hearing applications that sought court directions for the authorities concerned to dismantle illegal hydrants.
On Tuesday, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk had taken notice on the applications regarding hydrants received through Supreme Court’s Human Rights Cell. The applications had stated that influential mafias were operating illegal hydrants openly in the city by stealing water from Karachi Water & Sewerage Board’s pipelines in different areas.
It was further stated that not only the increase of illegal Hydrants had inevitably damaged the water board’s main water supply system but these illegal water connections were polluting the clean water and are creating health hazards and environmental problems. Due to the operation of illegal hydrants, the residents were facing acute water shortage.
When two-judge bench took up the matter at apex court’s Karachi registry, KWSB managing director, Hashim Raza Zaidi and police officers appeared before it.
To a query, Zaidi told the judges that as many as 90 licences were issued for installing hydrants. However, he said, more than 40 hydrants were being operated illegally, against which action was being taken by the KWSB.
Over 100 FIRs were also lodged against the operators of these illegal hydrants but police personnel were not cooperating in arresting and producing the accused in courts.
The judges questioned the police officers as to what action was taken against illegal hydrants. They said they have so far dismantled nine hydrants in Malir district. The judges expressed displeasure at the absence of top police officers and summoned the Karachi police chief and IG Sindh in court after a short recess.
After recess additional IG Khadim Hussain showed up before the bench and told the court that IG was attending a meeting of Sindh Action Plan Committee and could not appear. Therefore, the bench adjourned the matter till Friday and directed IGP Sindh to be present.
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