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December 7, 2017

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Sindh CM vows to resolve issue of water contamination

Sindh CM vows to resolve issue of water contamination

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has said he had set a direction for his government to resolve the water contamination issue across Sindh. He was talking to media during his visit to the Jahangir Park in Saddar on Wednesday evening after his appearance earlier in the SC.
The Sindh CM said he had set a direction to resolve the issue [of contaminated water] and hoped it would be resolved in minimum time period. He said that water testing laboratories were being established in 23 districts in the province for which he had approved an amount of Rs105 million. He added that there were 953 non-functional water supplies and RO (reverse osmosis water filtration) plants schemes. “I have approved an amount of Rs4.9 billion to make them functional as work on most of these schemes has been started.”
To another question, Murad Ali Shah said that the Supreme Court had ordered him to order an inquiry against former city nazim for illegal allotment of the land belonging to a Treatment Plant-II (TP-II) in Karachi. “Just after returning from the court, I have directed chief secretary to issue inquiry order,” he said.
He said the SC appreciated the services of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto for making the 1973 Constitution. “I am quite satisfied and relieved that the court [Supreme Court] that had sent Shaheed Bhutto to gallows had appreciated him [Shaheed Bhutto] today for giving the best constitution to the country,” he said. He said that Sindh could not be singled out since the predicament caused by contaminated drinking water and insanitary drainage systems was more or less the same across Pakistan.
Quoting the Pakistan Social and Living Standards Measurement (PSLM) Survey of 2014-15, the CM said: “It shows percentage distribution of source water on household. According to the survey, the ratio among different water supply sources is: 41 per cent tap water, 33 per cent hand pump water, 11 per cent motor pump and four per cent dug well water, while in Punjab 18 per cent household use by tap water, 28 per cent hand pump, 45 per cent motor pump and one per cent dug well.”
Murad Ali Shah said the report showed that the condition in Sindh was not as bad as being painted out earlier. He further said: “Unfortunately, Sindh is at the lower end of river systems, receiving river water contaminated with all kinds of effluent from the provinces at the river upstream. Studies show that several industrial cities, including Faisalabad, release untreated effluent into the River Indus.” To another question, the chief minister said that his government was committed to resolve the contaminated water issue for which work with sincerity and commitment was in progress. Later, the chief minister visited the Empress Market, Bohri Bazar and other areas of Saddar and met shopkeepers, vendors and common men and listened to their problems.

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