Karachi water pipelines yet to be repaired

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Px13-085 KARACHI: Dec13 - Vehicles seen moving at the site of inundated University Road after bursting of 84 inch water pipeline near Aziz Bhatti Park in the area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal. ONLINE PHOTO by Syed Asif Ali

Repair work of two main water pipelines, which burst a day earlier at University Road in Karachi, is still underway, officials said on Sunday.

According to the managing director of water board, the repair work would soon be concluded after which water supply to the affected areas would be resumed. On Saturday, a water pipeline burst in Karachi’s area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal and another near Federal Urdu University area that caused flooding on the roads and created a severe traffic jam. Meanwhile, efforts are also being made to clear the submerged roads near Federal Urdu University.

CITY FACES WATER SHORTAGE

The main University Road and some streets leading to it were flooded following the bursting of a water pipelines near Baitul Mukaram Mosque in Gulshan-e-Iqbal area on Saturday night. The valve of a 48-inch diameter water pipeline collapsed inundating a large portion of University Road and other streets in the area.

In a similar incident a few hours earlier, the main water supply line burst near Aziz Bhatti Park and as a result a big part of the area submerged under water. No one could have guessed that in the next few hours another such incident would take place in an area adjacent to the one where a similar incident left many cars submerged in the water.

Residents of the area and other parts of the city are now concerned that the two incidents may lead to a major water shortage. Officials said on Sunday that the water pipelines that burst on Saturday had been repaired while 10 crore gallon water had been wasted creating water scarcity in the metropolis.

According to Managing Director Water Board Misbahud Din Fareed, the Karachiites will suffer a scarcity of about 100 million gallon water in coming days. Water supply to Jamshed Quarter, Lyari, Clifton and Saddar among other neighborhoods of the city would be disrupted, he said.

Meanwhile, a daughter and a mother who were going for an entry test in the university fell into a drain due to inundated and muddy roads. The administration has still not taken any measure to clean the area which is further irking the local residents.