KARACHI – The Administrator Karachi on Thursday informed the Sindh Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that Jam Sadiq Bridge, which connects Landhi/Korangi area with the City, is in bad condition and can fall any time. The Karachi Municipal authorities demanded Rs500 million urgently required for repairing and maintenance of the bridge to avoid disaster and human loss. The PAC, which met with its chairman MPA Sardar Jam Tamachi Unar in the chair at assembly building here on Thursday, postponed the discussion on the audit paras of Karachi City Government as city officials came without lack of updated working papers. Other members, including MPA Dr Rafiq Bhanbhan of PML-F, MPA Mujadid Isran of ruling PPP, Abdul Moin Pirzada and Shoaib Ebrahim of MQM attended the meeting.Accountability body while giving one week deadline to the KMC authorities to come up with preparation and directed the Secretary Local Government to attend the next meeting.Responding the queries of the PAC chairman Jam Tamachi Unar, the KMC Administrator Hussain Syed replied that Jam Sadiq Bridge currently is in bad condition and can fall any time because hundreds of heavy vehicles, trawlers, public and private transport cross the bridge daily.‘Dozens of heavy trawlers cross the bridge at the time, increasing fear of collapse of it any time”, Administrator cautioned, unveiled that he already informed the gravity of the situation to the Governor and Chief Minister of Sindh. He said that at least Rs500 million required for the repair and maintenance of the bridge urgently.The administrator said that though the Jam Sadiq Bridge was in bad condition but instead of destroying it, the reconstruction of its base would be initiated.He told the PAC that other all the bridges are in good condition, however, routine maintenance would be carried out soon. Syed said that federal government allocated Rs2.4 billion for more than half a dozen uplift schemes of city and released the sum in the end of financial year in May, but later they taken back all the funds.Through writing letters, he said that he had raised the issue with the federal government, governor and Sindh chief minister.Managing Director of Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KW&SB) Misbahuddin told PAC that city receiving water of 650 million gallon daily, facing shortfall of 400 million gallon daily.He said that during the former Nazim Mustafa Kamal directed deactivation of providing of water through tanker due to scarcity in the residential areas. He added that water board reduced the tanker facility from earlier 14000 tankers to 6000 tankers. Daily 260 million gallon water would be provided to the citizens additional after completion of K-4 project, which envisaged total 600 million gallon water daily.Besides, S-3 of project of sewerage is also under process, through which waste of city would be disposed in the sea after treatment.  To a question, the MD KWSB said that option of recycling of sewerage water to use it in industrial units.

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