KARACHI - Karachi Water & Sewerage Board Managing Director Misbahuddin Farid stated on Monday DMT Technical Services, chief engineers and officers concerned would be answerable to elected representatives and citizens directly if measures are not taken against water shortage.

“Officers and staff have been notified several times to take measures against water shortage, and chief engineer, superintendent engineer and other officers must visit their concerned areas to redress grievance of the citizens.

Visiting registers must be placed at all places and officers would inscribe necessary details, complaints, and actions taken against an officer, he added.

He expressed these views in a meeting with DMD Technical Services, chief engineers, superintendent engineers and executive engineers at Sakhi Hassan hydrant.

During the meeting, issues related to water supply and sewerage were discussed. Performance was judged on the basis of zones and complaints were observed in the same manner.

It may be noted WTM Chief Engineer Anwar Saeed and Superintendent Engineer Asif Qadri have been relieved from duties pertaining to Hub Dam and Chief Engineer Ovais Malik and SE Ali Muhammad Durrani would replace them. DMD TS would be responsible for ensuring 110 million gallons of water supply from Hub Dam and leakages would be stopped immediately.

The water board chief said despite clear directives, records were not maintained about pumping stations. “Cleanliness, maintenance must be given first priority; all chief engineers must ensure that their subordinates showed 100 per cent; salary of absentee staff members be deducted,” he ordered.

Problems are only expanding due to absence of ground staff's unavailability in the field. They must not keep themselves bound to offices and ensure that they carry out regular field visits. XENs must specially ensure that they monitor valve operations since most of the complaints are pertaining to valve issues. He said WTM and water board lacked coordination, therefore both departments must ensure mutual cooperation. DMD TS would be responsible for ensuring that both the departments worked with mutual cooperation especially during the last ten days of Ramazan when the demand increases substantially.

On this occasion, DMD TS briefed the managing director that officers relied on junior staff for completion of tasks and their negligence created most of the problems.

Taking notice of water shortage in North Karachi, the MD said that due to line leakages millions of gallons of water got wasted and reports had been received that in some areas such as Ajmair Nagri people used potable water from leakages for bathing and open their valves.  He also pointed out different problems found during his visits and mentioned that a pictorial record of all issues was in record.

 “Currently we have good level of water at Dhabeji and Gharo pumping stations therefore supply must be increased from these stations to overcome water shortage.” He said the officer must ensure swift supply and stop water theft especially in Banarash, Bheem pura, Ajmair Nagri and other such areas. He said that SE and XENs must fulfil their duties.