Govt to ensure provision of clean drinking water: Sindh CM


KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Murad Ali Shah on Sunday presided over a meeting regarding a provision of clean water to the people of the province.

The Sindh chief minister has directed the concerned departments to take drastic measures to provide clean drinking water to the masses.

The meeting was attended by Sindh Industries Minister Manzoor Wassan, Local Government Minister Jam Khan Shoro, Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon, Principal Secretary to CM Naveed Kamran Baloch, Irrigation Secretary Jamal Shah, Local Government Secretary Ramzan Awan, Public Health Engineering Secretary Tameez Khero, the water boards’ managing directors and others.

The chief minister said that the Supreme Court has given clear guidelines for the provision of clean water to the people. “As a matter of fact, it is our basic responsibility to do the job honestly.”

He directed the Irrigation secretary and environment department not to release industrial water into the Indus River, any canal or in the sea. “It must be treated before releasing anywhere,” he said and directed them to make a comprehensive plan for the purpose and take all the stakeholders into confidence but this must be done on priority basis.

Murad Ali Shah directed the Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) and Karachi Water and Sewerage Board managing directors to make the water distribution system safe and efficient and also evolve a regular inspection system to ensure proper implementation of SOPs.

The chief minister also directed the health department to install some more new incineration machines and repair or restore the old ones so that hospital waste could also be done away with as per international standards.

He also told all the concerned departments that he would also pay a surprise visit to the water distribution system, and municipal, industrial and hospital waste treatment facilities.