HYDERABAD – The Water and Sanitation Agency authorities have announced that the persisting water shortage situation in the city would resolve during the next 24 to 48 hours.

Wasa spokesman Nadeem Yousuf informed here Tuesday that the Sindh Irrigation and Drainage Authority (SIDA) had agreed to release water in the Akram Canal which supplies water to the Wasa's filtration plant. The SIDA, Yousuf said, had suspended water supply to the Wasa on December 25, 2012, for a period of 15 days during which the canal and its regulator heads had to undergo repair works. However, the canal closure had continued for 12 more days in addition to the 15-day period due to some exigencies, he added.

According to Yousuf, the Wasa had remained under immense pressure which was being exerted by the citizens through complaints and protests about the water shortages. "All the areas mainly those connected at the tail-end would begin receiving water. And, within the next few days the situation would restore to normal," he assured.

Meanwhile, the organisers of Mehfil-i-Milad celebrations on the eve of Rabiul Awal 12 have called for improving the level of cleanliness and better management of law and order. At a joint press conference here, the leaders of Pakistan Sunni Tehreek (PST), Jamaat Ahle Sunnat, Jamiat-i-Ulema-i-Pakistan (JUP), Anjuman Suharwardya and other religious groups drew attention of the district administration towards the problems.

PST's provincial leader Khalid Hassan Attari pointed out that heaps of garbage and sewage puddles were spread on the roads which had always been the routes of their Rabiul Awal processions.

"The administration was supposed to contact us about security and other necessary arrangements for which it is responsible.

But it neither contacted us nor responded to our calls or visits," he maintained. He said that all the main roads which form the route of their procession were filled with garbage and sewage but the town municipal administrations and other civic agencies had not bothered to clear it up.

They said that the district police had neither briefed them about the security measures nor sought any suggestions from them so far. Ibrahim Shaikh, Abdul Ghani Shah, Ahsan Rehmani, Abdul Qadir Suharwardi, Abid Qadri and others were present on occasion.