A roadmap implementation on K-4, S-III water projects in Sindh

Sameer Nazir
KARACHI:
The Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah has constituted a committee headed by Sindh Minister for Local Government and Information Sharjeel Inam Memon, with heads of KW&SB, concerned consultants, and commissioner Karachi as member to prepare roadmap within a week for the early and efficient implementation on the K-4, S-III and other water projects and in such a way so that immediate nature needs of water and treatment of sewerage of Karachi be fulfilled within shortest possible time. He also directed the executing organization to complete the installation of 1800 RO plants, in Sindh including 750 in Tharparkar district along with Solarization by the end of the current financial year i.e. June 2015, so that the supply of sweet and clean water be ensured to the people of Sindh. This he directed while presiding over the meeting regarding implementation on water projects, including ROs, K-4, S-III held at CM House Karachi today. The Sindh Minister for Local Governments & Information Mr. Sharjeel Inam Memon, Advisor to Chief Minister for Finance Syed Murad Ali Shah, Additional Chief Secretary Mohammad Aslam, Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Alumdin Bullo, Secretary Finance Sohail Ahmed Rajput, Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, Administer KMC, MD Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KW&SB) and other officers attended the meeting. Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister Sindh said that supply of safe water was the basic, essential need of the people and it was because of successful efforts of his government that K-4 water project of Karachi has been got listed in priority projects, now it was prime responsibility of concerned organization to prepare strategy in such a way so that same projects could be completed within shortest possible time specially during the current tenure of PPP government, in the meantime, the schemes pertaining the upgradation of existing infrastructure of water supply and the water projects supposed to be completed within one to two years should be taken into hand to meet the water shortage in the city. He asked the consultants also to prepare plan for desalination and usage of sea water. He said that though the work on the S-III project for treatment of Karachi sewerage has been started and uptodate Rs. 970million so far has been utilized but its completion within its approved cost of Rs. 8 billion seems to be difficult. He said that since this project is comprising on two component each for rehabilitation of existing water treatment plants, and installation of new water treatment plant, committee to go through its up to date achievements segregate the components and prepare roadmap for the feasibility of at least completion of components for rehabilitation and upgradation of existing treatment plants within shortest possible time and recommend further course of action for competing the works for establishment of new treatment plants. The meeting was informed by the officers concerned that the 1st phase of K-4 water project has been approved by ECNEC at its estimated cost of Rs. 25.55 billion with 50% share from Federal and Provincial Government but its technical and financial proposals are yet to be finalized. They further briefed that its first phase capacity is designed to supply 260MGD, same 260 MGD in 2nd and 130MGD in 3rd phase, whereas the work on S-III has already been started which was in progress. The officers concerned said that since the actual cost of this project had not been estimated properly by the officer concerned at that time when project had been conceived in 2007, and since the project was delayed for 7 years, this project would go for the revision to get it completed. The M.D. Pak-Oasis company, who was assigned for installation of R-O plants in Sindh, while briefing the meeting said that tender for installation and solarization of RO plants in Sindh was floated in August 2014, and subsequent work on the project was in progress. He said that they will be able to complete the 300 RO plants by the mid of December 2014 in district Tharparkar only, whereas the whole project for installation of 1800 RO plants in Sindh including 750 in district Tharparkar would got completed by the end of this financial year i.e. June 2015. He said that since subsurface water level of Karachi is too deep due to lack of rains, he is preparing a scheme of desalinizing sea water 1100 MGD, which according to him would be more suitable to meet water shortage in Karachi.