KARACHI - Nazim Karachi Syed Mustafa Kamal has directed the officials of Karachi Water and Sewerage Board to chalk out a coordinated policy for elimination of tankers mafia and illegal hydrants and arrange water supply to areas and industries where it is not reaching through lines. This would reduce the number of consumers buying water through tankers and thus do away this business automatically, he said while addressing a high level meeting in the office of Chairman KWSB here Friday. The meeting was attended by Nazims special representatives Mohammed Moin Khan, Imamuddin Shahzad, MD Water Board Qutub Shaikh and other senior officials. The meeting discussed the elimination of illegal hydrants in detail. In a briefing on the occasion MD Water Board said that a campaign is continuing against illegal hydrants and many of them have been closed down in affected areas. However, he said, this business has assumed the shape of a mafia as a result of which Water Board is faced with various problems. Addressing the meeting Nazim Mustafa Kamal said that instead of focussing more on closure of hydrants, Water Board should take such measures as a result of which this business phases out automatically. He said the tanker service should be reduced to minimum to contain tanker mafia. He pointed out that Rs 30 billion have been spent on the improvement of KWSBs system and network during the last 4 years and it must make a difference. He said the effort and policy of Haq Parast leadership is to supply tap water house to house and factory to factory. Mustafa Kamal directed that the residential areas where lined water is not being supplied the work on laying of network and providing connections to houses be expedited. He called for survey of industrial areas so that the quota of water for deficit areas be increased so that the industrialists may not be constrained to buy tanker water. He told the officials to prepare a list of areas where pipe water is not coming and they should be supplied water on priority. He asked them to take immediate action on complaints lodged at 1339 and warned that delinquent officials will not be spared.