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100 MGD pumping station opened at Dhabeji complex

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Karachi, December 21, 2012 (PPI-OT): A new pumping station built at the Dhabeji pumping complex was inaugurated by Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan on Thursday. The new pumping station would provide 100 million gallons of water to Karachi every day, in addition to the 550 million gallons already being supplied per day.

Speaking on the occasion, the governor announced that a new water supply and sewerage system would be built in Karachi. The new system would also ensure swift supply of electricity, he said.

He said that since Karachi was growing rapidly, it needed a bigger water supply and sewerage system. “The Dumlotti wells would also be reactivated soon,” he said.
“We are trying to complete projects for improving the city’s infrastructure as soon as possible.”

The governor said that the Dhabeji pumping station was the largest pumping station in Asia and work was being done to provide electricity to it. He said it was due to the personal interest of President Asif Ali Zardari that the K-IV water project and S-III sewerage projects had found swift approval. “We are looking forward to completing these projects in record time,” he said.

The managing director of the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB), Misbahuddin Farid, said that the water supply project was expected to cost Rs1 billion, out of which Rs280 million had been approved by the Sindh government. “Big projects like these usually take up to three years to complete,” he said. “However, due to its importance, this project would be completed within a year.”

Talking about the existing water supply system in the city, Mr Farid said that it was established in 1884 and was still in use. “The pumping station at Dhabeji was built in 1960 and has six pumps running on diesel,” he said. “Though the pumps have outlived their technical life, the KWSB kept them running by repairing their motors so that citizens may not suffer.”

Mr Farid said that the Sindh governor had approved Rs100 million for improving the Dhabeji pumping station. Furthermore, more than Rs970 million had also been allocated by the governor to improve the city’s water supply system and spend on various projects.

“Constant repairs were costing us heavily so we informed the governor of our financial problems,” said the KWSB chief. “Despite ensuring swift provision of water supply and sewage disposal, the KWSB does not receive any betterment taxes or commercialisation charges. High-rise buildings continue to be built but the KWSB does not receive taxes. Federal and provincial institutions also owe more than Rs22 billion.”

For more information, contact:
Sindh Governor House
Syed Wajahat Ali
Press Secretary to Governor
Tel: 99201217, 99201201-3
Email: press_secretary@governorsindh.gov.pk

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