‘KWSC, Rangers put an end to major water theft in Bin Qasim Town’

By News Desk
June 16, 2024
The image shows people waiting for their turn to fill their cans with water. — APP/File

Under the ‘Karachi’s Water for Karachi’s People’ initiative, the Karachi Water & Sewerage Corporation (KWSC) and the Sindh Rangers carried out a joint operation against a major theft of water for an agricultural land in Bin Qasim Town, District Malir.


Illegal connections were cut off and the tankers using them were impounded during the operation that was conducted under the leadership of KWSC CEO Engineer Syed Salahuddin Ahmed, while KWSC Chief Security Officer Colonel (retd) Anjum Tauqeer Malik, and other water corporation and Rangers officials participated in the operation.

The KWSC spokesperson said that millions of gallons of water was being stolen daily from the water corporation’s main lines for an agricultural land in Bin Qasim Town.

KWSC CEO Ahmed said that regardless of the influence or power of the water thieves, they would not be spared.

“Water belongs to the citizens. We won’t allow anyone to steal their rightful share. With the Rangers’ support we demolished numerous illegal hydrants and disconnected unauthorised connections throughout the city.”

He stressed that continued and impartial operations against water thieves would be carried out citywide under the initiative. He pointed out that the second phase of this “historic” crackdown aims to eliminate all illegal connections across Karachi.

On Friday, in a similar joint operation, KWSC officials and Rangers personnel dismantled an illegal well built over the 48-inch Haliji conduit in Shah Faisal Town, Jumma Goth.

This illegal well, used for stealing water, was causing severe water shortages and financial losses to the corporation.

The operation was led by KWSC’s in charge of the Anti-Theft Cell, Muhammad Dilawar, along with officers Mirza Ubaid Rehman and Asghar Yaqoob, and other team members from KWSC and Pakistan Rangers.

According to Dilawar, the illegal well was established on KWSC land and facilitated the daily theft of one million gallons of water, stolen under the cover of darkness and sold across various city areas through unauthorized tankers. This theft deprived legitimate citizens of water and resulted in a monthly loss of millions of rupees for the KWSC.

Areas severely affected by the theft included Shah Faisal Colony, Rafah-e-Aam Society, Shamsi Society, Green Town, Korangi, PAF Base Faisal, and Staff Colony Karsaz. The authorities seized the equipment used for the theft and filed charges against those involved under the relevant sections of the KWSC Act at the local police station.