Article courtesy of Pakistan Today | June 12, 2015 | Pakistan Today | Shared as educational material
The Supreme Court directed the Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KWSB) on Thursday to submit in court the details of drinking water projects including K-4 project, initiated to control water crisis in the city.
A three-member bench comprising Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Sarmad Jalal Usmani and Maqbool Baqar gave the direction while hearing an application seeking court directives for the authorities concerned to take action against illegal hydrants to control water shortage.
During Thursday’s hearing, KW&SB Managing Director Hashim Raza Zaidi told the judges that over 200 illegal hydrants were dismantled, adding that water utility had also closed its hydrant at Chakra Goth, Korangi, to cope with the water shortage.
Zaidi told the judges that in order to enhance the capacity of pumping stations, the K-4 project was initiated and work on the project was under way. He added the project would improve the capacity of pumping stations and help mitigate water woes.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk had taken notice on the applications received through the Supreme Court’s Human Rights Cell.
The applications had stated that influential mafias were operating illegal hydrants openly in the city by stealing water from Karachi Water and Sewerage Board’s pipelines in different areas. Illegal hydrants inevitably damaged water board’s main water supply system besides illegal water connections which was polluting clean water and creating health hazards and environmental problems.