Issue of K-IV realignment may be referred to NAB, warns judicial commission


KARACHI: The Supreme Court-mandated water and sanitation commission in Sindh are unhappy with the authorities for not providing any substantial material for the 22 realignments in K-IV on Monday and alerted that this matter might be taken to the National Accountability Bureau, a local media house reported.

The head of the commission retired SC judge Justice Amir Hani Muslim stated that the statement filed on behalf of the consultant of the Greater Karachi Bulk Water Supply Scheme (K-IV project) failed to get the explanation of the consultant.

It had been reported that the commission gave a deadline to the authorities till July 3, after which the matter will be taken to NAB.

According to further reports, the land given for the project was about 13,000 acres, which was supposed to be included in the K-IV project; out of which, 2,076 acres were private land when the designing of the project was started.

The private land was about 1,053 acres as about 1,000 acres had been reduced and the cost of compensation for private land was evaluated at Rs5 billion by the provincial government and Rs2.5bn had already been released.

The commission ruled that “let the terms on which the consultancy was awarded be placed reflecting this fact on record”. The commission said that it was not satisfied with the statement, adding that every detail should be provided about the proposed land the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board was to acquire.

In a previous hearing, the commission had directed the consultant of the project to submit a detailed report within a week explaining which authority had allowed those realignments, written justification that why the project was realigned 22 times and facts and figures about the additional amount spent on such realignments.