KARACHI - Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) Saturday formally handed over the Tanker Water Supply System to Water Board at a ceremony held at Rangers Headquarter here. The lists of consumers receiving supplies through daily tanker service were also handed over to Managing Director KWSB, Ghulam Arif Khan on the occasion. Project Director Misbahuddin was also present. Addressing a press conference on the occasion, the Deputy Director General Rangers, Brig. Latif recalled that in April 1999, when Hub reservoir dried up, Government of Sindh entrusted the responsibility to HQ Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) for running Water Tankers Service for supplying water to deficient areas of Karachi - District West (Baldia, Orangi, Surjani, Lyari, Keamari and SITE Towns) and a limited quantity to rest of Karachi. He pointed out that Sindh government was spending huge amount for payments to contractors for gratis water distribution. He said the Rangers were tasked to make the scheme self-generating/ financing. Accordingly, a system was devised to generate funds and make it a viable project through streamlining the procedures. Pakistan Rangers (Sindh), has performed this task of national importance successfully for over nine years with a total of nine Hydrants having been placed under its from where, 15 mgd (2.3 % of total requirement) of water used to be supplied through contractors on daily basis. He said once Pakistan Rangers took over the responsibilities of Water Tankers Service, about 800 Gratis trips per day used to be provided to residents of Kachi Abdadies/Affected Areas. Pakistan Rangers, he said, feels extremely satisfied that at present about 3000 (approx 4 times) Gratis trips are supplied on daily basis in the areas of Baldia, Lyari, Orangi, SITE, Surjani, North Karachi Towns, Shirin Jinnah Colony, Manzoor Colony, Malir City, Saudabad, Model Colony Korangi, Landhi, Quaidabad, Mazafarabad Colony, Sikanderabad, Kharadar & Mithadar, PIB Colony, Khudadad Colony, Lines Area, Soldier Bazaar Gulistan-e-Jauhar and Gulzar-e-Hijri. Brig Latif said, besides, Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) have, spent approx Rs. 3 Crores for upgrading the system and equipment at different hydrants. Now the water crisis in Karachi has been considerably controlled and authorities have decided to transfer the responsibilities of Water Tanker Service back to Karachi Water & Sewerage Board, he said. He said Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) are thankful to citizens of Karachi and Karachi Water & Sewerage Board for their cooperation. He requested the citizens of Karachi to cooperate with Karachi Water and Sewerage Board in connection with their applications for water supply and complaints.