KARACHI: An important meeting was held today under the chairmanship of the caretaker provincial minister for finance, revenue, planning, and development, Sindh, Muhammad Younus Dagha, to review the supply of clean drinking water, sewage drainage, and waste treatment systems for the city of Karachi. The meeting was held in the committee room of the Sindh Finance Department.

During the meeting, Muhammad Younus Dagha expressed dissatisfaction with the performance of water supply and sewage treatment schemes for the city. He said that due to the delay in the implementation of the K-4 project, citizens are facing a severe shortage of water. He directed that Karachi Water and Sewerage Company (KW&SC) take immediate steps to construct the K-4 project on a fast track basis.

Muhammad Younus Dagha also expressed his displeasure over the lack of progress on the Combined Effluent Treatment Plant for urban sewage and industrial sewage. He directed the Chief Executive Officer of KW&SC to promptly submit the scheme to the Planning and Development Department in order to commence and complete the treatment plant in the shortest period.

The caretaker provincial minister also reviewed the performance of Sindh Solid Waste Management Board (SSWMB). He directed that a third-party monitoring system should be implemented as soon as possible to assess the performance of contractors involved in solid waste projects. Payment should be made to contractors based on the report of this monitoring system, and action should be taken against contractors with poor performance.

Muhammad Younus Dagha also directed that work on waste-to-electricity and waste recycling projects should be expedited to improve the city’s environment. He said that providing clean drinking water, sewage drainage, and other services in Karachi is the primary responsibility of relevant institutions.