KARACHI: Water has become scarce for citizens in the wake of crackdown recently started by Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KWSB) with Sindh rangers against illegal water hydrants. Water tankers mafia has doubled the amount charged per tanker (1000 gallon).
In three days, 74 illegal water hydrants and over 100 water connections have been demolished. The spree was started without proper deliberation by the authorities as they could not yet provide the people with an alternative who have never witnessed water in their lines. In fact, there are a large number of areas where even water lines are not laid and in other many areas damaged water lines drastically need repairing.
KWSB spokesperson told PPI that construction of tanks was on the anvil in the areas where water could not be supplied through lines. The tanks would be filled through tankers. Besides, in the long term plan water tanks would be built in other areas where it was required.
Citizens have to face a lot of problem due to non-availability of water. Tankers have to drag water from far-flung areas, therefore, they charge as per their desired amount.
Despite promises made by new managing director KWSB citizens are struggling to get water to fulfill their basic necessities.
Condition of decomposed sewerage lines also need attention as the stagnant water seeping through sewerage lines is damaging infrastructure and increasing diseases.
On Wednesday alone, KWSB along Sindh rangers demolished 27 illegal water hydrants and 29 water connections established to steal water for business purpose from KWSB lines, the spokesperson told.
Minister for Local Government Sharjeel Inam Memon also directed MD KWSB to demolish all the illegal water hydrants in the city.
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