Finally, governor takes notice of water shortage!

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Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan on Friday took notice of water shortage in Karachi and directed the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board officials to provide free water tankers on daily basis to the affected areas.

Governor Khan during a meeting with KWSB officials directed that water distribution system should be improved further and 3,000 water tanker trucks should be allocated for free of cost water supply to the citizens. He said due to drying up of Hub Dam, the water supply to some areas of city has been suspended and the water coming from Kalri Lake should be distributed in a better way.

Provincial Minister for Local Bodies Sharjeel Inaam Memon, Secretary Akhter Ghori, KWSB Managing Director Hashim Raza Zaidi and other officials were also present.

The governor said that public should know the procedure of water distribution in the city and problems behind persisting water shortage. He directed the KWSB officials that faulty water pumps should be repaired, and alternate pumps should be made available for uninterrupted water supply. He said free water tanker service should focus on those areas hard hit by the water crisis.

He emphasized on the KWSB MD to start awareness campaign about Neglaria and other dangerous waterborne diseases. He said leaking valves in the city be repaired and more water filtration plants installed. He said immediate schemes be prepared and presented to the government in this regard.

The governor directed the K-Electric officials that uninterrupted electricity supply should be ensured to all pumping stations. He directed that KWSB’s billing and recovery system be improved. He praised the workers of KWSB for their efforts to maintain the water distribution system for last 10 days.

Sharjeel Memon informed the governor that the Sindh government had issued Rs 2 million to KWSB for necessary repairs, especially pump repairing. He said he was in coordination with political parties and consulting them to solve the water crisis.