KARACHI: Just as there is an increase in the ongoing problem of power cuts, water shortage is also an appalling issue in the country. Residents of many localities have to pay hefty amounts to water tankers to get access to the most basic commodity, clean potable water.
Over the years, the situation only seems to have worsened. Areas that previously enjoyed access to water through the installed pipelines by the water and sewerage boards in the country are now also compelled to call tankers to deliver water.
But the irony is that many water tanker dealers cite the excuse of a shortage of water in delivering the commodity late. The one that delivers to my house often is a day or two late because, according to him, he had to wait in long queues to get his tanker filled. What’s worse, my neighbour had to pay a hefty bribe to get access to the new waterline installed in our area to the very water board that is responsible for accessible delivery of water to our homes. The authorities should look into this matter at the earliest.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 19th, 2017.