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).
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.