Water crunch

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - SYED SUFYAN ALAM

Karachi is the big­gest city in Pak­istan and also one of the most thickly pop­u­lated cities in the world. Its pop­u­la­tion has in­creased rapidly and ac­cord­ingly has given rise to many so­cial prob­lems of which water cri­sis be­ing the main is­sue these days.

With the Water Board un­able to pro­vide ad­e­quate water and with pump­ing sta­tions ren­dered use­less due to fluc­tu­at­ing elec­tric­ity, Karachi­ites have been left to fend for them­selves in the cur­rent water cri­sis. Karachi­ites are be­ing forced to turn to water tankers and bor­ing ma­chines to meet their needs. While the Water Board touts project the fluc­tu­at­ing elec­tric­ity as the main rea­son for in­suf­fi­cient sup­ply, KElec­tric has claimed that the elec­tric­ity ca­bles at the pump­ing sta­tions are to blame. They have also stated that it is Water Board’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to get these ca­bles re­placed so that the pump­ing sta­tions can op­er­ate ef­fec­tively.

Any mea­sure to im­prove the sup­ply of fil­tered water has also not been adopted by the gov­ern­ment. Prob­lems due to im­proper drainage sys­tem are also be­com­ing a mat­ter of con­cern among the peo­ple. The alarm­ing in­crease in the dis­or­der­li­ness of drainage lines is pos­ing se­ri­ous threats for peo­ple, es­pe­cially in poor ar­eas. Filth and dirt runs down the chan­nels by the foot­path and chil­dren play therein. We have malaria, cholera and dysen­tery still de­stroy­ing our chil­dren be­cause such things ex­ist.

Not only the un­der-de­vel­oped ar­eas of Karachi, but also the well de­vel­oped ar­eas are go­ing through se­vere water is­sues which aren’t solved till now, not even any ac­tion has been taken by our gov­ern­ment to solve these is­sues. In the end it is the gen­eral pub­lic who is suf­fer­ing and there is no one to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for the pre­vail­ing water crunch. — Karachi

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