KARACHI: Many areas in Karachi face water shortage, particularly flats and slums, due to apathy of rulers who are slumbering and showing no interest in arranging more water for the city where population has risen to an alarming level.
Many areas of Lyari, Gulistan-e-Johar, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Landhi, Sohrab Goth, Bhittaiabad, Burns Road, Saddar, Keamari, Ibrahim Hyderi, Mauripur and slum localities have been facing water shortage since long time but the relevant authorities are seen less interested to initiate more water provision projects.
It is irony that citizens have been compelled to drink salty and polluted water provided by tankers, and face torments of the water-borne diseases.
The situation has turned so worst that even business and industrial areas have be left to face enduring water shortage. The city needs more water supply from Indus River or some other sources like Hub Dam and sea. There is also need to install Reverse Osmosis Plants in the city to meet rising water demand of the metropolis.
According to Chairman Pakistan Tanners Association said when underground water is drying up rapidly, a huge amount of Rs44 million released by Sindh governor for water supply project through KWSB is also feared to go waste as KWSB has abandoned the project after laying 12 inches dia pipeline from Chamra Chowrangi to Sector 7-A in order to supply water from KWSB’s main line which remains abandoned for over a year as it never connected to the KWSB’s WTM.
He further said that the work on Reverse Osmosis Desalination Plants project has not been started by the executing agency and it is for sure that the precious funds are being wasted. Sindh has enormous water resources like mighty Indus River but it is unfortunate that rulers are not initiating water management projects to provide reasonable water supply to Karachi, the capital of Sindh, which generates about 68% percent of the national revenue.
The citizens have been forced to purchase bottled, cane and tanker water at exorbitant rates. The price hike, low wages and unemployment has already hit people hard in the city while the sale of water had made their life miserable.
The citizens have been suffering from water-borne diseases due to use of salty and polluted water. They have been appealing governments and other relevant authorities time and again for provision of safe and clean potable water but their pleas are being turned down mercilessly.
The government needs to bring mercy on the health of Karachiites and arrange clean and safe drinking water for children, young, old people living in Karachi on humanitarian basis.