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February 2, 2011

CDGK to arm KWSB with teeth to take on illegal hydrants

Karachi

 
February 2, 2011

Karachi
The district coordination officer (DCO) has said the city government, the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) and the town administrator should take joint action against illegal hydrants, which are supplying unhygienic water to citizens and causing damage to the city’s infrastructure.
Presiding over a meeting on Tuesday, Muhammad Hussain Syed also directed that an anti-encroachment squad and heavy machinery be provided to the water board for taking action.
The meeting was informed that the operators of illegal hydrants in city were becoming a powerful mafia due to the absence of any rules and regulations.
It was further told that the Sindh government had been submitted a summary for legislation in this regard, which recommends life imprisonment for people caught damaging KWSB pipelines.
The meeting was further informed that all those hydrants running under permission from the town administrations or SITE, Limited, were illegal, as granting permission was the sole prerogative of the KWSB.
The meeting was held at the DCO’s Secretariat on the directive of Karachi administrator Fazlur Rehman. It was attended by Managing Director (MD) KWSB Misbahuddin Farid, Chief Engineer KWSB Najm Alam Siddiqui, Executive District Officer (EDO) Municipal Services Masood Alam, the administrators of Korangi Town, SITE Town, Jamshed Town and Liaquatabad Town, representatives of SITE, Limited, and other officials of the water board.
The DCO directed that an FIR should be lodged against persons stealing water from lines of the water board, saying that it was the administration’s duty to stop water theft and, therefore, legal action should also be taken against those who resist action against water theft.
He noted that the stolen water was being used for commercial purposes, which was one of the reasons behind the shortage of water facing citizens.
The DCO directed the town administrators to immediately cancel permission for commercial boring

and, with the help of the KWSB, launch a full-scale operation against the illegal hydrants.
MD KWSB Misbahuddin Farid said the hydrant mafia was working in an organised manner. These people were involved in stealing water by breaking main water trunks and then selling it to citizens, he added.
He further said that many operations were conducted in the past, during which more than 100 illegal hydrants were closed down but they resumed their business.
He sought cooperation from the city government in taking action against the mafia, which he said was damaging the city’s infrastructure.
The MD KWSB said that though illegal hydrants were operating all over the city, many of them were in Gutter Baghicha, Teen Hatti Liaquatabad and Korangi areas.

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