Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KW&SB) is one of K-Electric’s (KE) largest consumers, reportedly consuming about 10% of its total supply. On one hand K-Electric is striving to ensure swift provision of electricity to the citizens of Karachi and on the other hand KW&SB is striving to ensure provision of water. These two organizations are responsible for the two most important commodities, necessary for the citizens, but also for every industry in Karachi. However, when they start fighting, citizens have to pay a price, it is either the Supreme Court or the Governor who has to intervene in the public interest.

KW&SB supplies about 530 million gallons of water to the citizens through K-III conduits, coming to the city from Dhabeji, situated about 60 kilometers from Karachi. This water is pumped at a high point from Dhabeji pumping station, to be supplied to the city through gravitational pull. The water is received at Pipri, 50 kilometers from Dhabeji, and if our government installs Hydro Power projects on these main conduits, KW&SB can easily generate the electricity required for its daily operations.

This is not a new phenomenon but an extremely neglected one. KW &SB has an operation Electrical and Mechanical department, perfectly capable of maintaining any hydro-power related project. Therefore no additional investment or reforms are required. Our current administration is also working vigorously to raise electricity generation capacity. In such crucial times, when citizens are suffering, not just due to load shedding but water shortage as well, the Federal Government funded hydro-power plants at KW&SB can effectively handle both the problems. It would not only reduce load on K-Electric but also bring K-Electric – KW & SB fights to an end once and for all, providing relief to the citizens.

Lastly, if the implementation of such projects is not possible then some plants can be installed, with the upcoming partly federal funded K-IV water supply project, that would also use the gravitational pull for supply. Let’s hope our federal government realizes this before it is too late.

SAAD B. MURTAZA,

Karachi, May 31.