KARACHI - The legislators of Sindh Assembly on Tuesday unveiled that an influential 'water mafia was involved in the water pilferage with the blessing of the politicians in City. They also demanded of the government to abolish all the illegal hydrants as majority of them are also involved in supplying polluted water to the citizens and sought imposing of heavy penalty and punishment against those who are involved in such type of activity. He was taking part in the discussion on a resolution moved by MQM MPA Nishat Muhammad Zia Qadri in Sindh Assembly regarding ensuring ban on water pilferage in city. The Provincial Assembly met at 11.35am about two hours delay against schedule time of 9.30am with chairman of the panel Dr Sikandar Mandhro in the chair. No government business was part of the agenda of the session on Tuesday as Monday was Private Members day. The resolution which reads as: This House resolves to the government of Sindh to impose ban on water pilferage in Karachi which creates disturbance and also impose heavy penalty and punishment against those who are involved in such type of activities. As the mover withdrew his resolution as whole House expressed satisfaction with the assurance given by the Minister for Local Government Agha Siraj Durani regarding action to be taken against the illegal hydrants and water pilferage in metropolis. He said that law was existed for taking action against the water pilferage. The illegal hydrants and water pilferage is already banned but affairs of Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) are not running properly due to lack of system in the board. After expiring of tenure of the present local government, there is no Chairman of the KWSB existed which resulted in the lack of system in organisation, he said. He said that he would call a meeting of the water board very soon and monitor the affairs of the organisation. Durrani unveiled that political backing is behind the illegal hydrants in the City but assured that he will take action against all those who are involved in this activity. He said that President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari had handed over the water boards chairmanship to City nazim but post is vacant due to expiry of the local government tenure. He maintained that he is above the office of the chairman of Karachi water board so he will call its meeting shortly. The Karachi Water Boards system is 100 per cent outdated, which needs rehabilitation, he observed. President Zardari has also approved additional funds for rehabilitation of the water board. Despite of the fact that the metropolis has great resources of sea water for treatment through desalination plants but there is a dire need to start treating heavy water available underground in the city, he pointed out. Durrani further said that discrimination was witnessed in providing water to far-flung areas of the City including Malir, Lyari and Kemari that were deprived of this basic necessity, adding that he dont want to open a Pandora box of the issue. He also assured the House that present government will not discriminate which was observed earlier in the City. He urged the CM Sindh to appoint a chairman of the Karachi water board. Earlier, taking part in the discussion on resolution Muhammad Nishat Zia Qadri said that there was dire need of legislation to authorise the water board to take action against the water pilferage. Muhammad Rehan of MQM pointed out that Karachi Water Board had sent a list of the illegal hydrants to Sindh Home Department seeking help of law enforcement agencies to abolish them but no positive reply received to the board so far. Referring water pilferage problem facing by the people of his constituency Liaquatabad Town, he said that at least 9 illegal hydrants were functioning in the area but water board was helpless in taking action against them because they had no backing of police. A water mafia of influential people is involved in water pilferage which is earning billions of rupees from this illegal activity in the City, he said. He demanded steps for eliminating such mafia. Provincial Minister for Prison Department Haji Muzaffar Shujrah held the corrupt elements of the water board as responsible of the illegal hydrants in City. He said that KWSB charge monthly bribe from the water mafia and allowed them installing illegal hydrants. Giving example of his constituency, he said that people of Ibrahim Hydri were deprived of drinking water facility but Water Board officials allow the illegal hydrants which provide water to the industrial area. Amanullah Mehsood of ANP also held responsible to the KWSB for water pilferage in the City. Meanwhile, thin attendance was witnessed in the House as only one female member, Minister for Tourism Department Shazia Marri was present on Tuesday. Majority of the female members remained away from the assembly to participate in the Women Parliamentary Convention in Islamabad. However, the Chairman referred the two private bills, The Sindh Civil Servants (2nd Amendment) Bill 2009 and Restriction on Re-employment Bill 2009 to the Standing Committee concerned. Both the bills were moved by Opposition member Arif Mustafa Jatoi, while two other bills could not be taken up as mover of the bills Humera Alwani was absent from the house. Other motions and resolutions also could not be taken up due to absence of movers, who were mainly female members.