28 plants to be built in nine districts to treat sewage

KARACHI – Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has decided to install 28 sewage treatment plants in nine industrial districts of the province. He was presiding over the third consecutive meeting on the provision of clean drinking water and safe environment to the people of Sindh here on Saturday.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Local Government Jam Khan Shoro, Minister for Industries Ghulam Qadir Malkani, Minister for PHED Fayaz Butt, Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon, P&D Chairman Mohammad Waseem, Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput, Secretary Health Fazal Pechuho, Secretary Irrigation Jamal Shah, Secretary Finance Rahim Soomro, Secretary PHED Tamizuddin Khero, Secretary Local Government Ramzan Awan,  KWSB MD Hashim Raza Zaidi, SEPA DG Baqaullah Unar, all divisional commissioners, MD WASA Masood Jumani, DG PCRWR Ghulam Murtaza Arian, VC Mehran University Dr Aslam Uqali and others.

P&D Chairman Mohammad Waseem, while briefing the chief minister, said that the population of 21 districts of Sindh, except Karachi, was 29,111,723, including 9,624,674 of the urban areas and municipal, industrial and hospital sewage was discharged from 755 points into the  ultimate source of clean water.

It may be noted that Jacobabad district discharges 0.375 MGD sewage into water bodies from 10 points, Kashmore 5.822 MGD from 10 points, Kambar-Shahdadkot 5.149 MGD from 87 points, Larkana 3.006 MGD from 135 points, Shikarpur 0.533 mgd from 35 points, Ghotki 3.053 MGD from eight points, Khairpur 5.844 MGD from 76 points, Sukkur 29.507 mgd from 100 locations, Badin 6.619 mgd from 19 points, Dadu 0.190 mgd from 30 locations, Hyderabad 10 mgd from 70 locations, Jamshoro 3.697mgd from nine points, Matiari 1.090mgd from eight locations, Sujawal 0.060 mgd from two locations, Tando Allahyar 4.8mgd from 18 locations, TM Khan 3.914 mgd from nine locations, Thatta 0.217 mgd from six locations, Mirpurkhas 0.219 mgd from 20 locations, Sanghar 7.02 mgd from 10 locations, Naushehroferoze 6.441 mgd from 43 locations and Shaheed Benazirabad 2.898 mgd from 50 locations.

The districts where plants would be installed for treating the industrial waste are Sukkur, Kotri, Hyderabad, Nawabshah, Thatta, Sujawal, Jamshoro and others. P&D Chairman Waseem said that on the directives of the chief minister, drainage and sewage treatment plants schemes had been launched. “Around Rs9612.139 million would cost to treat water contaminated with sewage before releasing it into water bodies,” he said. The chief minister was told that Ghotki and Hyderabad were not included in the list of districts where sewage-contaminated water would be treated, because in both the districts ADP approved schemes of worth Rs362.53 million and Rs1,970 million respectively were already underway.

The chief minister directed PHE department to sit with the chairman and get all the schemes approved at the earliest so that these could be completed by mid of 2019.

Talking about Greater Karachi Sewerage Plan (S-III), P&D Chairman Waseem said that it was Rs36.117 billion worth scheme to treat 460 MGD of waste water. He said PC-I had been cleared from CDWP and the ECNEC had also approved the revised PC-I.

The chief minister said that the population of Karachi was 16.052 million and the water requirement came to 802.6 MGD while the exiting supply stood at 650 MGD.

He added that the presently sewage being discharged was 460 MGD. Local government minister Jam Khan shoro said that Treatment Plant (TP-1) at Haroonabad, with a capacity of 100 mgd, was being built at the cost of Rs5 billion, TP-3 Maripur was being upgraded at the cost of Rs3 billion to treat 100 mgd and the construction of TP-3 Maripur (a new plant) was also underway at the cost of Rs13.018 billion to treat 80 mgd. The progress of TP-3 upgradation is 35 percent. The chief minister directed Shoro to speed up the progress.

Minister Local Government Jam Khan Shoro talking about K-IV said that population of Karachi is 16.052 million, including 14.910 million urban and 1.141 rural. The total water supply demand is 802.6 mgd and existing supply is 650 mgd which shows a shortfall of 152.6mgd. The project has ben launched at Rs29.136 billion which includes 260 mgd phase-I, package-A civil work of Rs12.932 billion, package-B (E&M works) Rs12.932 billion and consultancy Rs0.950 billion. He said that the financial progress of the project is 27 percent and physical progress is 30 percent.

The chief minister directed MD water board to start preparation of power plant of 50 MW “but make it of 100 MW which would be completed within next two year and meanwhile start negotiations for acquiring a rental power plant so that K-IV phase project could be started in 2019.

The chief minister was told that in Hyderabad five treatment plant are being established for Rs1524.44 million to treat 62 mgd. They include rehabilitation of New Treatment plant of 30 mgd for Rs154.53 million, rehabilitation of Old treatment plant of 10 mgd for Rs195.04 million, rehabilitation of Hala Naka treatment plant of 8 mgd for Rs185.09 million, rehabliation of Preetabad Treatment Plant of 8 mgd for Rs189.78 million and they woukld be completed by December 2018 while the construction of Hussainabad Treatment Plant of 6 mgd has been started for Rs800 million and it would start operation in June 2020.

Shoro told the chief minister that four treatment plant, namely Latifabad Unit No.4 of 9 mgd, Kohisar Housing Scheme of 3 mgd, Qasimabad at Jamshoro of 15mgd and Chang Goth of three mgd are in the pipeline and would be completed by June 2020. The chief minister also reviewed drinking water availability in each and every district and condition of their sewerage systems and directed the P&D to get their schemes approved at the earliest so that work on them could be started.  

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