KARACHI: A Supreme Court docket-appointed fee on water-related points on Monday threatened to impose a ban on the building in Defence and Clifton Cantonment areas of the metropolis if the wastewater downside was not resolved, Geo Information reported.
Throughout a listening to on Monday underneath the one-man Supreme Court docket-appointed fee on water high quality in Sindh headed by Justice (retd) Amir Hani Muslim, the defence ministry assured the Fee that wastewater from the industrial and enterprise centres of Karachi’s Defence Housing Authority (DHA) locality wouldn’t be drained out into the ocean anymore.
Joint Secretary Farooq Hassan, who represented the federal Ministry of Defence within the listening to, advised the Fee that contaminated water wouldn’t be let loose into the ocean now.
In his remarks, Fee head Justice Muslim threatened to impose a ban on building if he observes neglect within the implementation of the directives or is supplied with the excuse of ambiguity over the dedication of limits of the Cliffton and Defence localities.
The Fee additionally expressed displeasure on the ongoing shirking of duty — of draining out contaminated water into the ocean — based mostly on the paradox over the dedication of limits of the Cliffton and Defence areas.
“There isn’t a excuse to empty out contaminated water into the ocean,” the Fee mentioned, reiterating that if the orders weren’t heeded, a ban on building could be imposed in consequence.
‘Why water remedy vegetation weren’t put in?’
Earlier throughout the listening to, in response to a query in regards to the variety of residents in DHA, the director planning advised the fee: “Over 500,000 individuals are at present residing in DHA.”
Remarking that the inhabitants proven to be residing in Karachi’s DHA is far lesser, Justice Muslim inquired as to what number of enterprise and industrial centres have been within the space — which the DHA officers failed to offer.
The officers have been then questioned as to the place the sewerage water from industrial and enterprise centres was dumped. To this, they replied, “We’re understanding a plan with Mehmoodabad Remedy Plant.”
Shifting to obligations, Justice Muslim, upset over a scarcity of remedy vegetation, mentioned: “To begin with, there needs to be an inquiry as to why water remedy vegetation weren’t put in within the areas.”
As to what number of gallons of untreated water have been being dumped within the sea, the extra secretary Defence and DHA officers advised Justice Muslim: “Yearly, 580 million gallons of untreated water are dumped within the sea in Karachi.”
“We is not going to permit anybody to be careless on this matter,” he asserted, expressing hope that by June 2019, solely handled water is dumped within the sea.
Additional, based mostly on the complaints from residents within the metropolis’s Central District, the Fee directed Syed Asif Ali Haider Shah, the focal particular person, to hearken to the individuals’s grievances.
A further route was additionally issued to conduct an inquiry into the laying of a water pipeline from Nazimabad to Kati Pahari in Central District.
Asif Shah, the focal particular person, was tasked to observe this as effectively.
Furthermore, the cantonment board was directed to put in water metres with a purpose to make the water provide environment friendly and closed-circuit tv (CCTV) cameras to observe it.
Beforehand, complaints had been lodged within the Fee in opposition to the Central District’s deputy commissioner, saying he was facilitating unlawful connections.
The following listening to is slated for June 11.
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