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Summer is here? Water mafia looting Karachiites

KWSB MD says he is unaware of water theft from the Hub Dam

SAMAA | - Posted: Mar 28, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
Posted: Mar 28, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago

KWSB MD says he is unaware of water theft from the Hub Dam

The recent rains helped fill the Hub Dam in Karachi. But, the water mafia has started storing this water in hidden reservoirs ahead of the summer days.

It is now selling the water people at exorbitant rates. Hundreds of tankers filled with ‘stolen’ water are sold on a daily basis to the citizens of Karachi, says a man witness to the stealing.

SAMAA TV learnt that the Hub Dam water is being stolen from 25 points. More than 10 48-inch main lines of the dam have been punctured on 25 points. One such point is in Manghopir Khairabad Goth in District West. The water is being stolen from the line that provides water to Orangi and Baldia towns.

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The water is hoarded in secret underground tanks in houses, said an eyewitness, adding that the stolen water is supplied to Baldia, Khairabad.

Karachi Water and Sewerage Board Managing Director Asadullah Khan said action will be taken against the mafia. “I don’t know about the water theft. But, I am willing to take action if SAMAA TV identifies these 25 places,” the water board official said.

The main and dis tributary conduits span over 11,000 kilometers, Khan said. It’s impossible for us to appoint people through the stretch of these lines, he said.

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Points from where the illegal connections have been taken include Khairabad Goth, Yar Muhammed Goth, Ramzan Goth, Altaf Nagar, Kati Pahari, Mehran City, Garam Chashma, Northern Bypass, Kemari, Mangi Goth, and Norani Hotel, according to a report by SAMAA TV.

The mega city nearly always faces a water crisis. There are areas in the city, including Orangi Town and Baldia Town, where the crisis is acute. Some localities, including Delhi Mohalla, Gujrat Mohalla, Patni Mohalla and Jam Nagar, have been identified with the crisis.

Citizens say they don’t even have water to bathe. “We absolutely don’t receive water in Baldia Town,” a citizen said. “We have to spend Rs5,000 monthly on water.”

Our women have to toil daily to fill water for household use, another citizen said. A man living in Mohajir Camp-5 said his family was suffering from extreme water shortage.

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