KARACHI: The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Chairman, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah visited Islamkot reverse osmosis plant, installed with a capacity of 1.5 million gallons per day in 2015, by the Sindh government to provide water by converting underground water into sweet purified water to Islamkot city and adjoining villages and towns.
Bilawal and the chief minister inspected the reverse osmosis plant, its distribution network and the supply system and also met the local people and asked about the water quality. People showed satisfaction and informed that they are getting clean water from the plant.
The plant is meeting the needs of water in Islamkot and the adjoining villages linked with the distribution system and in future purified water from the plant will be provided to Nagarparkar city besides villages and towns en-route. The work on pipeline from Islamkot to Nagarparkar is under progress on a fast track basis and will be completed within this financial year.
Due to shortage of canal water, these areas have suffered badly and are forced to consume brackish water. The PPP government has initiated mega schemes to install large number of solar reverse osmosis plants as self-reliant and practical source of water for the communities living in the 2,500 villages spread all over Tharparkar. The water scheme was termed as a ray of light for the drought hit Thar by international media and also appreciated by monitoring agencies. Experts said such government initiatives are important for the betterment of the deprived people living in the desert as canal water is depleting day by day and will not be available in cities located near the canals in future. It is also vital to operate the plants without failure so the people do not suffer.