Pakistan

NAB takes notice of dysfunctional desalination plants.-Pakistan

Taking cognisance of three dysfunctional desalination plants in Pasni, Jewani and Gadani, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Balochistan Director General Mirza Muhammad Irfan Baig has issued notices to the Balochistan Development Authority (BDA) and others responsible.

BDA had initiated three different projects in Pasni, Jiwani and Dam Jati at a cost of Rs1 billion to address water shortage in the areas, but despite a passage of 12 years the desalination plants are not operational.

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Saeed Ghani orders installation of bio-metric system in KDA, LDA.-Karachi,Pakistan

“Implementation of bio-metric system will ensure timely attendance in civic entities,” said Sindh Minister for Local Government Saeed Ghani on Friday.

“A bio-metric attendance system should be installed in Karachi Development Authority (KDA), Lyari Development Authority (LDA) within 24 hours,” directed Saeed Ghani. He further said that a report should be submitted to him in this regard.

Minister Saeed Ghani paid surprise visits to the offices of Karachi Development Authority (KDA), Lyari Development Authority (LDA) and Karachi Water and Sewage Board (KWSB) on Friday.

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Sindh govt to install 300m gallon desalination plant near Hub.-Sindh,Pakistan

The Sindh government on Monday decided to install a 300 million gallon desalination plant.

Hub Power Company (Hubco) proposed that a 300 million gallon desalination plant be installed to deal with Karachi’s water crisis during a meeting chaired by Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah.

According to authorities, the desalination plant will be installed near Hub.

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ADB assures financial assistance for desalination plant, other projects in Sindh.-Pakistan

Asian Development Bank (ADB) Central West Asian Department (CWRD) Director General (DG) Werner Liepach on Thursday assured Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murtad Ali Shah to provide financial and technical assistance for the Karachi desalination plant as well as multiple other infrastructure projects in the province.

This was announced in a meeting that took place between the Sindh CM and ADB delegation.

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Sindh cabinet decides to establish desalination plant in Karachi – Karachi – Pakistan

The new Sindh cabinet, in its maiden meeting on Monday, decided to establish a desalination plant to provide drinking water to the people of Karachi.

The meeting, held under the chairmanship of Sindh chief minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, also declared Thar and some parts of Umerkot as drought-hit areas.

The meeting also decided to allocate land for graveyard in Karachi.

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Gwadar start getting clean water after a decade – Quetta – Pakistan

After suffering from the worst kind of water crisis for over a decade where even contaminated water was scarce, the Balochistan government has claimed to have started clean water supply to only two cities.

Sources said that the previous two governments (five years of rule each) only inked memorandums of understanding for supply of water, but did not bother implementing them.Severe water shortage hits most parts of Quetta.

“The provincial government has been utilising all available resources to resolve the water crisis in Quetta and Gwadar,” said caretaker Balochistan Minister for Public Health Engineering Naveed Ahmed Kalmati while addressing a press conference at the Quetta Press Club on Saturday.

 

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Imran offers garbage-fuelled desalination plant to Karachi.

Imran Khan proposed to solve Karachi’s garbage problem by using it to generate electricity, simultaneously powering a desalination plant for overcoming the water shortage in the city.

He made this declaration soon after PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif and PPP leader Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari promised to convert Karachi into a model South Asian city.

Speaking with media persons here, he said: “My dream of New Pakistan cannot be realized until and unless I develop this city,” he said.

 

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Governor calls for desalination of sea water to overcome water shortage.

Sindh Governor Mohammad Zubair has said that there is a need to desalinate sea water in order to effectively overcome the ever-increasing shortage of potable water for the residents of Karachi.

He stated this on Monday while speaking at a briefing held at the Governor House to review progress on the K-IV Greater Karachi Water Supply Scheme being built with the support of the federal government.

 

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Swiss and UAE government supports desalination plant in Gwadar – Pakistan

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa laid the foundation stone of a UAE and Swiss government-supported Gwadar desalination plant when he arrived in Balochistan on a two-day visit on Sunday, confirmed the army’s media wing. The project fulfils a long-awaited demand of locals and shall provide them with 4.4 million gallons of water per day with the capacity to increase to 8.8 million gallons per day. The desalination plant will be completed in six to eight months time and will help resolve the scarcity of drinking water in the area, apart from reducing the hardships of residents of the area, who currently have to fetch water from far-off areas. “Balochistan’s progress is Pakistans’ progress and the Pakistan Army will extend full support apart from assisting in the socioeconomic development of Balochistan,” stated the COAS. …

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Desalination plant opens at Gwadar port (961 m³/d)- Pakistan

Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo inaugurated a desalination plant on Monday installed at the Gwadar port by China Overseas Port Holding Company for supplying drinking water to the people in the port city. The desalination plant has a production capacity of 961 m³/d of clean drinking water.Speaking at the opening ceremony, Senator Bezenjo, who is also president of the National Party, said that the New Year will witness massive development in Gwadar under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).  He said that the desalination plant would reduce the shortage of drinking water in the port city to some extent. He said that the people of Gwadar had been facing water shortage for the past many months and they would now get clean drinking water through tankers. “The desalination plant is a true reflection of CPEC and friendship between Pakistan and China. It is a gift for the people of Gwadar,” Mir Hasil Khan Bezenjo said. The desalination plant is the result of the visionary thinking of Chairman of the Gwadar Port Authority Mir Dostain Khan Jamaldani and the Chairman of China Overseas Port Holding Company. He expressed the hope that the water crisis of Gwadar will be resolved this year and more such plants were in the pipeline. He said that the water supply from the Gwadar port would be cheaper than the water provided from the Mirani Dam in Turbat. The minister later inspected the plant, where Chinese officials briefed him about the plant’s capacity. Earlier, he was received at the airport by officials of the port authority and local administration.

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