Kati leaders demand proper water supply, sewerage system

Staff Reporter BOL News

18th Oct, 2021. 08:04 pm

KARACHI: The leaders of the Korangi Association of Trade and Industry (Kati) has appealed to the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KW&SB) to plug leakages of potable water lines, ensure proper water supply and revamp sewerage system to prevent contamination of sewage in the industrial area, a statement said on Monday.

They said that despite pointing out problems, the staff and officers of the board seemed reluctant to work and resolve them. They said that water and sewerage lines were laid two-three decades back and most of them were damaged. They said that due to contamination, people including children are contracting various diseases including stomach and kidney problems.

They shared issues with KWSB vice chairman Najmi Alam who visited Kati the other day.

“Problems in Korangi industrial area are not solved permanently, while sewerage problems remain unsolved. The industrialists are running their own sewerage system in sectors 23 and 24 without any cooperation of the board,” Kati president Salman Aslam said this while welcoming the KWSB vice chairman

He said that water was an important component for industries and the government must ensure uninterrupted water supply to the industries but industrialists have to purchase water worth millions of rupees because of ineptitude of the board.

Kati’s Standing Committee on KWSB chairperson Nighat Awan said that the industrialists made renovation of roads and highways on their own, repaired them without any cooperation of the board officials.

“Infrastructure is also being damaged owing to leakages of sewage lines,” she said.

She urged the board to resolve problems of drinking water and sewage immediately so that industrialists could get rid of water tanker mafia and be given much relief in this respect.

“We are making all-out efforts to improve the sewerage system and steps are being taken to solve problems through mutual consultation, but the population of Karachi has increased rapidly, it has put a substantial pressure on the sewerage system,” KWSB vice chairman Najmi Alam said.

He said that the board was striving hard to resolve issues but it would take time to give relief to locals.

“The careless use and water theft have caused more problems, but the board is taking all possible steps in order to ensure water supply to areas. We will focus on the issues highlighted by industrialists, old and new lines will be repaired and laid respectively as per the requirement” he said.

Kati senior vice president Maheen Salman, vice president Syed Farrukh Qandhari, former presidents Saleem-uz-Zaman, Zahid Saeed and other office-bearers were present.

In the end, Kati president Salman Aslam presented a souvenir to KWSB vice chairman Najmi Alam.

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