K-3, K-4 may not meet Karachi water needs: Kamal

December 07, 2017

KARACHI - Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) Chairman Syed Mustafa Kamal on Wednesday expressed the apprehension that the water projects, K-3 and K-4, might not meet Karachi`s water requirements after their completion.

He also asked the authorities to clarify as to why the project estimates were increased from Rs8 billion to Rs32 billion.

He was speaking to media men after appearing before Supreme Court’s Karachi registry in connection with the case pertaining to air and water pollution in the port city.

Terming water shortage an injustice with people of Karachi , PSP chairman said that there were around 13 departments, which could have been authorised to look after the water supply system of the entire city, but sadly none of them have been assigned this responsibility. “The water supply issue will persist until a single authority is tasked with resolving it,” he opined.

Kamal further said that not only Karachi was not being given its due share in water , but whatever water it was already receiving was in fact harmful for the health of consumers. He said that the city’s population had crossed 20.5 million mark, and it would reach 30 million till 2020.

“Currently Karachi is receiving 1.51 percent of total water supplied to Sindh whereas the metropolis needs 1250 million gallons a day,” he informed.

It is not the responsibility of Sindh chief minister to provide water and sewerage facilities to the people. We have a local government system in place to look into such matters,” PSP chairman concluded.