The Greater Karachi Water Supply Project K-IV, which could provide up to 650 million gallons a day (mgad) more water to the metropolitan, is expected to be inaugurated in January 2013.
A budget of Rs25 billion has been approved for the project and President Asif Ali Zardari is expected to inaugurate it, revealed a Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) statement on Sunday.
The water board has released the call of tenders from international firms for consultancy. The advertisements have also been released to international newspapers.
In a meeting chaired by KWSB Managing Director Misbahuddin Farid, the preparation for the inauguration was discussed.
K-IV Project Director Mashkoorul Hasnain, Chief Engineer Saleem Siddiqui and other senior KWSB officers were present in the meeting.
Farid said the water board had started making preparations for the K-IV project immediately after the completion of the K-III project.
Zardari, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Sindh Local Government Minister Agha Siraj Durrani and members of the Sindh Assembly are cooperating with the KWSB for starting the project.
Due to these combined efforts, funds of Rs2.5 billion were approved for the K-IV project, which would provide 260 million additional gallons to the citizens of Karachi.
Farid said tenders for the project had already been issued and inauguration by Zardari was expected by the middle of next month.
The project would be completed in three steps, and upon completion of the third step, 650 million gallons more water would be provided to the city.
From the Keenjhar Lake to the Northern Bypass through Thatta, the K-IV project would span 124 kilometres.
The KWSB has invited international firms to take part in the tenders so that the project is completed on time.
Farid praised the efforts of former city nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal, the members of the Sindh Assembly and the former members of the City Council, whose personal interest and tireless efforts gave a foundation to the project.
Later, the Sindh governor got the project approved from Zardari, the Finance Ministry and the Planning Commission of Pakistan.
Farid directed the K-IV project director and all the officers of the water board to give their best to the project to provide relief to the metropolitan’s citizens.