CM reviews water and sanitation schemes

KARACHI: Apparently worried by the deadline given by the apex court regarding the improvement of water and sanitation conditions in Sindh, Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah held on Monday the fourth meeting on the issue in recent weeks.

As many as 16.57 million people in Sindh are provided drinking water through projects of the public health engineering department, which amounts to 53% population of the province, the meeting was told. The drainage schemes under the department covered 12.51 million people which amounted to 40% of Sindh’s population.

The department was a key organisation in terms of provision of drinking water and drainage facilities in the province, the CM remarked.

Public Health Engineering Secretary Tamizuddin Khero said supply of drinking water in the existing schemes of the department was about 340 million gallons per day (MGD), of which supply of 122MGD was from underground sources while 218MGD was supplied from surface water sources.

There was a need of assessing the quantity of underground water in different areas and testing its quality to ascertain whether it could be supplied as drinking water, the CM said.

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Urban areas of Karachi and Hyderabad in Sindh have dedicated organisations for their water supply and drainage, which do not fall in the domain of the public health engineering department.

Public Health Engineering Minister Fayaz Butt said there was a sweet water zone in the province where 184 water supply schemes, including 13 reverse osmosis plants, were functioning to provide water to urban areas. Urban areas in Ghotki district were being supplied drinking water through two schemes, Sukkur through four schemes, Khairpur through 22 schemes, Naushero Feroz through 11 schemes, Shaheed Benazirabad , Larkana and Shikarpur through seven schemes each, Jacobabad through four schemes, Kamber-Shahdadkot through nine schemes, Kashmore through three schemes and Dadu through eight schemes, the meeting was told.

The CM pointed out that the quality of underground water in the sweet zone was deteriorating. Measures should be taken to sustain and improve the quality of water in sweet zone, he said.

Sharing details of water supply schemes catering to rural areas, Khero said rural areas of Ghoti received water through 33 schemes, Sukkur through 58 schemes, Khairpur through 119 schemes, Naushero Feroz through 19 schemes, Shaheed Benazirabad through 61 schemes, Larkana through 21 schemes, Shikarpur through 28 schemes, Jacobabad through 68 schemes, Kamber-Shahdadkot through 119 schemes, Kashmore through 50 schemes, Dadu through 147 schemes, Badin through 204 schemes, Hyderabad through 93 schemes, Jamshoro through 219 schemes, Karachi through 137 schemes, Mirpurkhas through 165 schemes, Matiari through 79 schemes, Sujawal through 54 schemes, Sanghar through 199 schemes, Thatta through 170 schemes, Umerkot through 148 schemes, Tando Muhammad Khan through 75 schemes, Tando Allahyar through 97 schemes and Tharparkar through 786 schemes.

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Urban and rural drainage

The CM was told that in the urban areas of the province, six drainage schemes of 8.47MGD were functioning in Ghotki , six  schemes of 13.03MGD in Sukkur, 22 schemes of 16.32MGD in Khairpur, 11 schemes of 7MGD in Naushero Feroz, 10 schemes of 10.3MGD in Shaheed Benazirabad, seven schemes of 16.35MGD in Larkana,  seven schemes of 6.37MGD in Shikarpur, five schemes of 6.24MGD in Jacobabad, nine schemes of 6.5MGD in Kamber-Shahdadkot, seven schemes of 5.33MGD in Kashmore, eight schemes of 8.07MGD in Dadu, 12 schemes of 9.3MGD in Badin, two schemes of 0.3MGD in Hyderabad, six schemes of 3.02MGD in Jamshoro, six schemes of 10.24MGD in Mirpurkhas, seven schemes of 4.69MGD in Sujawal, 14 schemes of 12.58MGD in Sanghar, five schemes of 4.19MGD in Thatta, eight schemes of 4.14MGD in Umerkot, three schemes of 3.38MGD in Tando Muhammad Khan, six schemes of 4.63MGD in Tando Allahyar and six schemes of 1.62MGD in Tharparkar.

The meeting was also told about 948 drainage schemes for rural areas in the province that drained 91.33MGD of sewage generated by 4.79 million people.

According to the information shared by the department, 30 schemes drain 0.98MGD in rural areas of Badin, 28 schemes drain 1.19MGD in Hyderabad, 15 schemes drain 1.76MGD in Jamshoro, 41 schemes drain 9.44MGD in Karachi, 29 schemes drain 11.68MGD in Mirpurkhas, 42 schemes drain 28.59MGD in Matiari, seven schemes drain 0.23MGD in Sujawal, 43 schemes drain 1.73MGD in Sanghar, nine schemes drain 0.65MGD in Thatta, 15 schemes drain 1.2MGD in Tando Muhammad Khan, one scheme drains 0.02MGD inTharparkar, 48 schemes drain 2.6MGD in Ghotki, 43 schemes drain 2.25MGD in Sukkur, 168 schemes drain 6.57MGD in Khairpur, 62 schemes drain 4.08MGD in Naushero Feroz, 76 schemes drain 3.59MGD in Shaheed Benazirabad, 86 schemes drain 3.82MGD in Larkana, 72 schemes drain 3.97MGD in Shikarpur, 22 schemes drain 0.85MGD in Jacobabad, 52 schemes drain 2.85MGD in Kamber-Shahdadkot, six schemes drain 0.34MGD in Kashmore and 39 schemes drain 2.22MGD in Dadu.

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Appreciating the work of the department, the CM said some of the schemes, however, needed to be rehabilitated. To this, Khero replied that the department had proposed the overhauling of 1,671 schemes.

The meeting was also attended by Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon, Planning and Development Board Chairperson Mohammad Waseem, Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput and other officers.

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