KARACHI - Despite repeated reminders by Karachi Water and Sewerage Board over a decade, industrial effluents from Kotri and Nooriabad continue flowing into Keenjhar Lake through KB feeder, putting lives of the citizens at heightened risk.

Contamination in Keenjhar Lake puts more than 20 million citizens of Karachi in danger despite the fact that the water board has time and again notified environment, irrigation, industries, health departments and administration of Kotri and Nooriabad about the issue.

In this respect, the water board managing director conducted a visit to contamination points along with media personnel. The official visited the sites where preventive measures were taken to stop contaminated water from entering KB Feeder. During the visit, the managing director told the media that the measures taken were temporary and that the threat to the citizens still existed.

Expressing grave concerns over negligence on part of Irrigation Department, EPA and industrialists, he said he had briefed the Hyderabad commissioner about the situation but their repeated reminders had drawn a blank.

He said the departments of irrigation, environment and industries had failed to take necessary actions to stop waste water from Kotari industrial area. Although some preventive measures were taken, these were not enough.

The water board chief had requested the irrigation secretary, environment secretary, industries secretary and Hyderabad commissioner that immediate actions be taken to resolve the issue, short term and long term policies be formulated since the effluents were posing a threat not only to human life but also to marine life. Moreover, the industries in Kotri and Jamshoro must also be directed not to dump their waste in water streams and adopt alternate methods.

He pointed out that despite Supreme Court's order industries in these areas did not get water treatment plants. As per supreme court orders all industries must have their own waste treatment plants.

He said that after telephonic and written communication with the secretaries of irrigation, environment, industries and Hyderabad commissioner a meeting was called but the measures it ordered were taken only in papers. He appealed that step must be taken in this regard and industries must be directed to establish their own treatment plants.