SITE zone fears clo­sure due to wa­ter short­age

The Financial Daily - - NATIONAL -

KARACHI: In a Press State­ment, M Jawed Bil­wani, Chair­man, SITE As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dus­try has shown his ut­ter dis­may and dis­ap­point­ment over the non-sup­ply of wa­ter to in­dus­tries in gen­eral and in­dus­tries of SITE in par­tic­u­lar.

He said that de­spite clear-cut and strict or­ders to KW&SB and con­sti­tu­tion of a Com­mit­tee un­der the chair­man­ship of Com­mis­sioner, Karachi Divi­sion and the de­ci­sion of the Com­mit­tee to sup­ply the wa­ter were also not im­ple­mented.

Sim­i­lar or­ders by Shar­jeel Me­mon, Min­is­ter for Lo­cal Govern­ment are also not be­ing com­plied with.

He fur­ther said that wa­ter sup­ply to SITE has come to al­most less than one mil­lion gal­lons and there is no wa­ter sup­ply since Mon­day and to­day the en­tire in­dus­tries of SITE have closed down.

Un­der these cir­cum­stances, the in­dus­tri­al­ists have opted to use sub-soil wa­ter to run their units and now they are also be­ing stopped forth­with to use such type of wa­ter and thus the in­dus­tries have to­tally closed down.

M Jawed Bil­wani, Chair­man, SITE As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dus­try ex­pressed the fear that hun­dreds of thou­sands of la­bor­ers would be un­em­ployed fur­ther wors­en­ing the law & or­der sit­u­a­tion.

It would also tar­nish the im­age of Pak­istan in in­ter­na­tional mar­kets for not ful­fill­ing the com­mit­ted ship­ment dates.

He ap­pealed to the Gov­er­nor, Chief Min­is­ter of Sindh and Shar­jeel Me­mon, Min­is­ter for Lo­cal Govern­ment to ur­gently in­ter­vene to save the in­dus­tries from to­tal col­lapse.

He fur­ther said that the sup­ply of eight mil­lion gal­lons per day to SITE is not a big deal. To­tal wa­ter sup­ply to Karachi is about 550 mil­lion gal­lons even in the ab­sence of Hub Dam's sup­ply. Sup­ply to SITE in­dus­tries out of 550 mil­lion gal­lons makes 1.25 per­cent of the wa­ter avail­able. He ap­pealed to the above dig­ni­taries that since to­tal pil­fer­age and line losses are to the tune of more than 50 per cent and de­mand of the SITE in­dus­trial area is 1.25 per cent, there­fore, it is a sim­ple math­e­mat­ics and is no rocket science.

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