KARACHI - Sher Muhammed Thaimor, a 67-year old fisherman, cannot guess why the government had stopped constructing a water scheme in his native Ahmed Thaimor Village, Jati Taluka, Thatta district. The scheme created a ray of hope for the communities, who have been facing acute water shortage in the area.The information collected by this scribe from the local activists revealed that the government’s Public Health Engineering Department had launched 40 water supply schemes, mainly for the residents of remote coastal villages in Thatta district in 2004. They built water tanks, cemented water storing ponds and installed sucking machines to ensure supply of water to the communities. But the irony is that when all the infrastructure work completed, the government realised that the main source of getting water for villages Sher Khan Shakh (irrigation canal) was not streaming. However, the government officials had discarded all the 40 water schemes, leaving the communities in jeopardy. Local activists said the government had spent rupees four—five million on each water scheme. Since then the communities are facing acute shortage.  Noor Muhammed Thaimor, a local activist, said ever since the main irrigation water canal stopped streaming to the tail-end areas, it impacted badly on the local people.This canal used to irrigate wide area till 20 years back. It was the main source of getting water for the local people. But gradually due to unknown reasons, it was stopped getting water share. In result residents of 45 small villages are facing acute water shortage. Sharing experience, Thaimor said they made requests to the government and local parliamentarians for installing hand pumps, but they never paid heed to our grievances. However, after the floods of 2010, he said, the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) installed a tube-well only for drinking purposes and laid water supply line to benefit residents of all the 45 coastal villages in the vicinity of Jati Taluka. These hand pumps are working properly and people are getting water, he responded. There is a tradition that males usually go to the open sea while females run family affairs. They fetch water from the hand pumps. The women say they used to travel little distance to fetch water from irrigation canal, which has been dried nowadays.  Travelling to remote coastal villages about 24-km away from Jati Town, scattered water tanks and cemented ponds can be seen in deserted condition in the villages. Sher Muhammed Thaimor, the father of six, recalling the past blissful days said when he was quite young, the sea was about 40 kilometers away from the present site (beach). Fishermen used to travel long distance to reach jetties, using donkey carts or staying over there for many days. Now the local jetty is located hardly one kilometer away from Ahmed Thaimore Village. Whenever high tides season starts, especially during monsoons, which inundated the entire area, compelled the fishermen to anchor boats near their courtyards.People do not have proper roads and transportation facilities. They use vehicles of traders and middlemen—who collect fish from local jetties to the fish market in Karachi—for reaching Jati Town. In case of emergency, communities have motorbikes for hiring vehicle from the town to take patient to the hospital.The villages have school buildings with furniture but teachers appointed there feel problem to reach their respective schools daily. Similar is the issue for inspection teams of education department, which never visit the schools to see the status of education in these neglected villages. Those teachers belong to the community who do not fulfill their duties, putting the future of their own community children vulnerable.Almost all the boys and girls of the area stay idle at homes or work with their parents, going to jetty for hunting fish.Hussain Thaimor said during rains, they got stuck because vehicles do not operate for several days on dilapidated and muddy roads. In spite of facing horrible issues, community people love their native areas and are not ready to leave ancestral abodes.