KARACHI: Provincial Minister for Information and Local Government Sharjeel Inam Memon has said that there were 90 illegal hydrants operating in the city, of them 40 have been demolished and the demolition of remaining 50 hydrants was in progress.
This he said while briefing the media here on Wednesday about the operation against illegal hydrants, encroachment and the one-month cleanliness drive he had launched on September 22.
The minister said that he has given a clear cut deadline to the KWSB and local bodies officers to remove all the illegal hydrants by October 10, otherwise their services would be suspended.
“I have categorically told the Superintendent Engineers and Executive Engineers to remove illegal hydrants operating in their respective areas by October 10, otherwise their services would stand suspended,” the minister said.
Sharjeel Memon announced that his department had prepared a bill against illegal hydrants which have been signed by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali and would be passed in the next assembly session. “The owner/operator of illegal hydrant would be liable of Rs 1 million to Rs 2.5 million fine and five year imprisonment or the both”. he said.
He said that there was a shortage of 350 MGD water in the city.This fraction of this shortage could be managed through removing illegal hydrants.
The minister further said that the 18 Reverse Osmoses (RO) plants installed in the city were being converted on the purification sea water. “The K-4 project to provide water to the city would take three to four years to complete, therefore RO plants are converted on clean sea water to meet the water requirement of the city”. he said.
Replying to a question Sharjeel Memon said that there were illegal encroachment on parks and other enmity plots.
The minister said that the report on the on-going cleanliness drive submitted by the local bodies was unsatisfactory. “Only garbage and grimes lying along the main roads and streets have been removed by DMCs. This is not the task the task is complete cleanliness of the localities, drains and their proper lifting of garbage to the designated landfill sites,” he said.
Giving details of the ghost employees he said that some 800 employees appointed on temporary basis have been removed for not performing their duties.
Earlier, the minister presided over a local bodies meeting to review progress of operation against illegal hydrants, encroachment and of the cleanliness drive. The meeting was attended by Special Secretary Local Government Rasheed Solangi, KMC administrator Raoof Akhtar Farooqi and others.