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MPC agrees to form body to curb water losses, improve distribution – Pakistan

Journalists were not allowed to cover the event that was held behind closed doors at the seventh floor of the New Sindh Secretariat.

Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah presided over the meeting that included representatives of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party, builders, trade and industry organisations, etc.

After the meeting, a spokesman for the CM said that as a short-term measure the meeting agreed on the formation of a committee comprising one representative each from all stakeholders to control water losses, theft and improve distribution system.

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Gwadar desalination plant enquiry sent to NAB for investigation – Pakistan

Legislators in the upper house of the Parliament on Thursday expressed serious reservations over mismanagement in a two-million gallon per day (MGD) water desalination plant in Gwadar and demanded a probe to fix responsibility for the plant’s condition as early as possible.

An enquiry report had found massive instances of mismanagement in the project. The report pointed fingers towards a tankers mafia claiming that it did not want to see the water supply project successful because it would disturb their businesses.

These revelations were made in a Senate Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform meeting on Thursday, with Senator Agha Shahzaib Durrani was in chair.

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Sindh Governor Imran Ismail for discouraging tax evaders – Sindh

Sindh Governor Imran Ismail has expressed that Pakistan is at a critical junction and if we don’t support our country now, then nothing will remain, neither the industry nor our home, therefore, we all need to work very hard for the progress of Pakistan.

Speaking at a meeting of Korangi Association of Trade and Industry (KATI), Governor quoted that according to the World Bank Report, there has not been a single percent increase in exports of Pakistan during the last five years.

However, our imports have jumped to staggering increase of 7 percent during the same period. Governor emphasized the need to stop those who are involved in tax theft.

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Trade bodies suggest desalination plant for Karachi – Karachi – Pakistan

Desalination of seawater in Karachi is the most effective solution to the city’s growing water-shortage problem, stated officials of Korangi Association of Trade and Industry (KATI) and Association of Builders and Developers of Pakistan (ABAD).

The two trade associations held a meeting aimed at finding ways to resolve the water distribution issue in the city.

Meanwhile, issues of supply and billing were also discussed.

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‘Rural Sindh needs innovative safe drinking water projects’ – Sindh – Pakistan

“Rural Sindh needs innovative safe drinking water provision projects and provision of potable water is crucial to saving the future of people residing in rural Sindh”

These views were expressed by speakers in the inaugural ceremony of a solar powered water supply project and a desalination project.

The twin projects were launched for village BhagatMallu Ram and surrounding dwellers by United Energy Pakistan (UEP).

They are being implemented by Association for Water, Applied Education & Renewable Energy (AWARE).

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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 – 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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