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.
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. …
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.
Dysfunctional Gwadar desalination plant irks Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri – Pakistan – Gwadar
The dysfunctional desalination water plant in Gwadar has irked Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri who orders immediate functionalising the plant to meet rising demand of water. The plant has capacity to desalinate 2 million gallons of water on regular basis, but it failed to meet the demand of drinkable water in the city. The chief minister Thursday expressed displeasure over the dysfunctional desalination water plant in a briefing in Gawadar. The chief minister was informed during the briefing that the project worth Rs 984 million was passed on to Public Health Engineering (PHE) in May 2016, though, the desalination plant could not functionalise due to some technical faults and other challenges. Zehri said that the construction works at desalination plant was launched in 2006, but regretfully, it could not get functionalized since then and marked it above logic. Nawab Zehri said Gwadar city was turning to become epicentre of economic and trade activities in future, for which it was direly exigency to strengthen basic infrastructure. He also assured that all problems will soon be fixed to make this plant functional.
Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that a water desalination plant would be constructed to provide five million gallons of water per day to the residents of Gwadar. “An approval to this important project will be accorded during the next meeting of Joint Coordination Committee,” he told APP in an interview.
He hoped that the 300 MW coal power plant being set up in the port city would also start functioning this year, adding, it would not only cater to the requirement of Gwadar but the surplus electricity would be supplied in other part of Balochistan province.
Terming Gwadar as the gateway of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), he said that after the development of infrastructure by the government in first phase, an expressway to like the port was being completed.
Ahsan Iqbal said the construction work on the Gwadar airport was likely to start this year and added, a Chinese team would soon visit Pakistan and review the design of the airport. He said that a university had also been set up in Gwadar to provide higher education to the youth while a vocational training institute already set up to impart technical training to the locals was being expanded. …