Murad sets up task force for crackdown on water theft in Karachi – Pakistan

KARACHI: Sindh’s Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah formed a strong task force on Sunday to counter the threat of water theft as well as illegal fire hydrants and stop leaks in the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) system.

Less than a week later, Shah presided over a second meeting on the city’s water scarcity problem at CM House, directing task force members to begin work within the next two days.

He appointed local government minister Syed Nasir Shah to head the task force. Other members include Karachi Police Chief, Director, Associated Deputy Chief, CM’s Special Adviser Waqar Mehdi, and KWSB Vice-President Najmi Alam.

Police, patrol members, and officials from the intrusion prevention department have come together to take decisive action against illegal connections and fire hydrants.

CM is annoyed at KWSB for presenting ‘virtual figures’

The meeting was attended by Secretary-General Saeed Ghani, Senior Secretary Nasir Shah, Sharjeel Memon, Sohail Rajput, Planning and Development Chairman Hassan Naqvi, LG Secretary Najam Shah and other senior officials.

At the conference briefing, the LG secretary said that the KWSB infrastructure started at Keenjhar Lake as a mass water supply network that supplies water to reservoirs and pumps.

KWSB officials responded negatively when the prime minister asked about installing meters in the mains. CM took the water and observed that all figures of line loss or theft were fictitious.

He instructed the KWSB to install a meter to measure the water supply to the city from Keenjhar to the drainage system so that it could get an accurate figure for calculating losses.

He was of the view that a monitoring system for a just water supply across the city, based on the population of every neighborhood, was desperately needed.

He instructed the water plate to prepare a city-specific water distribution plan, taking into account the population of the area. “Cities with a high population need to water more than cities with a small population,” he said.

CM said a similar meter system should be built from the Hub Source to the distribution system in the western region.

He also directed the KWSB to prepare a monitoring and data logging system.

He can also set up regional mappings based on existing supply and demand with the help of NED University, and he can use hydraulic modeling to move forward with designing alternatives for sufficient water supply to all regions based on population demand to solve water problems. added. city ​​problem.

He also directed the water plate to develop a Geographic Information System (GIS) based application for water management of the KWSB water supply system.

Posted at Serb on May 9, 2022