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Six illegal water connections cut off as Rangers continue operation in city

By Our Correspondent
December 10, 2023

Personnel of the Sindh Rangers and the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board Corporation took action on Saturday, the day of the second phase of a joint grand operation against illegal water theft in the city,

The spokesman for the Rangers said the operation was carried out in Godhra Colony’s Sector 11E area of New Karachi. The clean drinking water was being sold through tankers through illegal connections.

This image shows Sindh Rangers personel. — AFP/File
This image shows Sindh Rangers personel. — AFP/File

During the operation, an illegal well was demolished and six illegal connections were cut off. Moreover, every day, 500,000 gallons of water were stolen, resulting in a loss of about Rs40 million annually to the national exchequer. During the operation, six summer pumps and a large quantity of pipes were seized.

The Rangers have so far arrested 165 suspects by taking action against 204 illegal hydrants in 93 operations and they will continue the operation till the illegal hydrants and freshwater theft are completely eradicated.

On Friday, an operation was carried out in the low line of the Garden police station limits in Jamshed Town. During the action, the supply of four million gallons of water per day was restored. The theft was resulting in a loss of about Rs300 million per month to the national exchequer.

According to the careful estimates of the water board, water worth about Rs2 billion was being stolen annually. According to preliminary information, the stolen water was being stolen from the a33 inch diameter line of the water board and sold for commercial use on a large scale at high prices.

After this major operation, the level of the water supply line in Lyari’s Mira Naka has increased from two feet to six feet.

Paramilitary soldiers have so far arrested 165 suspects by taking action against 204 illegal hydrants in 93 operations. They will continue the operation till the illegal hydrants and freshwater theft in the city were completely eradicated.

Earlier, Sindh Rangers DG Major General Azhar Waqas presided over a high-level meeting on security and the meeting was briefed on street crime, water theft, anti-smuggling operations and deportation of migrants in Karachi.

The meeting also reviewed in detail the measures taken to prevent crime.