Flour mill accused of stealing water

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A local flour mill located at Ibrahim Hyderi Goth, Korangi Creek, is allegedly involved in illegal water trade by stealing water from the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KW&SB) lines, resulting in acute shortage of water in the locality, it is learnt on Wednesday.

A letter written to SSP Bin Qasim Police by the KW&SB revealed that hundreds of tankers are dispatched on daily basis from the mill for sale on commercial scale to the industries in Korangi.

The illegal supply, the letter claims, has resulted in acute shortage of water in PAF Base Korangi Creek and its adjoining areas.It said that under the cover of a flour mill, running a water supply business is a sheer violation of rules.

Moreover, by stealing water, it has not only deceived the KW&SB consumers but also deprived them of their right to get clean drinking water.It further says the KW&SB has initiated an action against the illegal activity by blocking water connections of the mill and will also take up the matter with the concerned authorities for halting water supply to the mill from Ibrahim Hyderi Union Council's system.In the letter, it has been requested that under the standing orders of honourable High Court of Sindh as well as instructions of the Sindh government, urgent necessary action may be taken on the part of police against the people involved in this illegal activity.Sources claimed that some KW&SB officials were patronising the hydrants' mafia against hefty kickbacks.

They said that around 15 to 20 illegal hydrants were operational in the areas of Manghopir, Garden and Ibrahim Hyderi.When contacted, Managing Director KW&SB told this scribe that the board had already launched operation against the illegal hydrants and water tankers' owners and had also disconnected several illegal connections in the city.

The board had also sent a letter to Commissioner Karachi Roshan Ali Shaikh for taking action against the illegal hydrants, he added."Letters will also be sent to Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of all five districts in this regard," he informed.

To a question about arrest of the accused during an operation, he said that the KW&SB law needed to be amended, authorising it to take direct action against the people involved in this illegal activity.

Courtesy: Business Recorder

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