KWSB closes city hydrants

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KARACHI, Sept 3: The Karachi Water and Sewerage Board has announced the closure of all hydrants in the city, including its six hydrants, until further notice.


Presiding over a meeting on Monday, KWSB managing director Misbahuddin Farid expressed concern over illegal hydrants operating in the city and directed the deputy-managing director (technical services) to immediately compile and present to him a report on the current situation.


Furthermore, he asked the SSP of the crime branch assigned illegal hydrants duty by the Sindh police inspector general to shut down all hydrants and file a report to the Sindh police IG.


It was said that under high court orders the SHOs concerned would be held responsible for illegal hydrants operating within their jurisdiction.


The water board managing director also requested the Sindh police IG to ensure that all illegal hydrants were shut down and action was taken against those SHOs who failed to get illegal hydrants closed.


A copy of a Sindh High Court order in this regard as well as a detailed report of all illegal hydrants had been sent to the Sindh governor, the Sindh chief minister, the Sindh chief secretary and the IG of Sindh, it was added.


Moreover, he requested the chief secretary to form a committee to determine the location of illegal hydrants in the city.


Courtesy: Dawn


Speaking to Dawn about his decision, the MD said that he had to be firm in this connection in order to control the nuisance of hydrants.


“Yes, we have also closed down six of our own hydrants because we want to streamline the whole hydrant system. Then there are also 14 to 15 defaulter hydrants which owe dues to the KWSB and are working to generate funds to pay the water board back.

Two or three of them have taken stay orders from the court in order to carry on working, but I will go to the court myself to present our side of the case before the judges,” he said.


“I have involved senior bureaucrats to form a committee to look into the matter as to how many hydrants are needed to supply water and how many tankers are needed in a particular area of the city. I think that will solve the problem,” he said.

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