The Sindh Government, KWSB and the district administration has once again failed this city. Different areas of Karachi have been facing acute shortage of water since months now. According to KWSB sources the water requirement for Karachi is 1,000 million gallons per day (mgd), whereas it is being supplied 550 mgd. The Hub dam that used to supply 100 mgd has dried up due to lack of rainfall. Hence the city is facing a shortage of 450mgd water.
Water shortage problem in Karachi has aggravated and no one in authority seems to care. Since water, like air is crucial for existence people are left with no option but to buy water and that too at exorbitant prices. Karachites have been left at the mercy of tanker mafia who are fleecing consumers. It has been reported times and again that the government has conducted operations against the illegal water hydrants but it is evident that the Sindh government has miserably failed to stop water theft. It is now a known fact that the water is being siphoned through illegal connections to illegal hydrants and the tanker mafia is enjoying covert patronage and support of politicians and the corrupt KWSB bureaucracy.
It is about time that the government paid attention to the water crisis and ensured smooth supply. After all where is the water coming from which is sold by these tankers? Any sane person can put two and two together and come up with another corrupt set up!
MUHAMMED ZAFIR ZIA,
Karachi, May 9.