KARACHI: In the wake of diminishing water storage at Hub Dam, Secretary Irrigation and Power Balochistan, Naseebullah Khan Bazai considering the situation and the importance of industrial operation, has decided to supply 4.5 cusecs of water on daily basis to the industries of Hub and 3.00 cusecs for those outside Lasbela Industrial Estate Development Authority (LIEDA).
He said the balance quantity would be supplied to Public Health Engineering Department for domestic purposes. He requested the Secretary Industries and Commerce Department Balochistan to share the cost of pumping of water from the Dam and to revise the rates of water for LIEDA.
As the Irrigation Department at Hub started curtailing supply of water to Hub Industries, the situation was quite alarming for smooth running of industrial operations, following which the Lasbela Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) immediately took notice of the situation and requested the Chief Secretary and the Secretary Irrigation and Power Department of Balochistan to set up the distribution schedule of water in the crises situation after taking all stakeholders into confidence and keeping in view that the industries are the only consumers who are paying their water bills regularly.
Upon this initiative, Bazai visited Hub and met a delegation of the Chamber led by its Vice President, Anjum Riffatullah Khan and comprising former President Maqsood Ismail and the representatives from Gatron Industries, Otsuka Pakistan and Ismail Industries.
Secretary, Industries and Commerce Balochistan Masood Ahmed along with Managing Director LIEDA Sohail Mirza were also present. The Deputy Commissioner, District Lasbela Amir Sultan Tareen and XEN Public Health Engineering, Imran Aliani and other high ranking officers from irrigation and LIEDA were present.
Deputy Commissioner Lasbela has been asked to maintain law and order situation in the area from where the Hub Canal is passing in this period of crises.
Naseebullah Khan Bazai instructed the officers concerned to properly restore controlled water supply to LIEDA for industries while ensuring that they were getting the quantity already decided.
VP LCCI Anjum Riffatullah Khan and former president Maqsood Ismail and other members of the Chamber thanked the Secretaries, Irrigation and Power and Industries and Commerce, Balochistan for their cooperation.