Sindh govt declares Thar ‘drought-hit’; plans to install desalination plant in Karachi

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The Sindh government declared Thar a drought-hit area and planned to install a desalination plant in Karachi in a meeting on Monday. The cabinet also proposed to turn Sindh governor house into a museum if the governor vacates it.

The decisions were taken by the new cabinet in its meeting, presided over by Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, here on Monday.

The meeting lasted two and a half hours from 5 pm.

The cabinet added that Mithi area of Tharparkar received only 58mm rain during the last three months while Islamkot received 24mm, Diplo 51mm, Kaloi 10mm, Chachhro 105mm, Dahli 120mm and Nagarparkar 40mm of rain.

Barrister Murtaza Wahab added that 323,435 families in Thar and 43,240 families in Umerkot were affected.

He maintained that the cabinet decided to give 50kg of wheat to each family every month.

It was decided in the meeting that Keenjhar, Haleji, Hydero and other depressions be developed to form a reliable reservoir for water supply in Karachi.

Taking notice of the water supply schemes in Karachi, Sindh CM directed Local Government Minister Saeed Ghani to start work on installing desalination plant in Karachi so that the water crisis of the city could be resolved.

He formed a committee under Mr Ghani to prepare a report within 12 days.

A senior member of the Board of Revenue, Iqbal Durrani informed the cabinet that the Governor House was Sindh government’s property. The cabinet proposed to covert the Governor House into a museum and its land into a park if the governor chose to vacate it.

 

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