KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s MPA Khurrum Sherzaman blasted Sindh Government for its incompetent handling of the water crisis in Karachi that has led to the rise of the tanker mafia.
In a statement issued on Wednesday he said that there is little or no water flowing from the pipes of the average home in Karachi forcing residents to purchase water from tankers at exorbitant rates.
Various areas of Karachi are facing acute water shortage due to water being stolen and sold under the patronage of Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) officials.
Sherzaman asks a pertinent question, “The average citizen of Karachi is not receiving a drop of water through the pipeline but how water tankers are able to access water?”
It appears that KWSB officials are selling water to the tankers that should actually be distributed to the homes of Karachi residents.
The robbery of the people through selling of water by KWSB officials at expensive rates is shamelessly occurring with the blessing of the Sindh Government.
Why is water being sold at a huge premium above the government-regulated prices? For example, a Rs. 1000 tanker of water is currently sold at Rs. 3500 to Rs. 5000.
The unlawful distribution of water results in corruption of more than Rs. 3 billion annually and it is the public that suffers from corrupt practices of the government.
The failure to provide a basic necessity like water is a clear example of the bad governance.
People not receiving water in their taps but the ability of the tanker mafia to access huge volumes of water raises a serious question mark on the performance of the Sindh Government.
If this water theft is not stopped immediately, we will have no choice but to come on the streets with public to voice our protest on this serious issue.
The PS-112 MPA demands action against all facilitators of the water mafia and urges the Chief Minister to awaken from his slumber, as the water crisis has reached its peak.