KARACHI: The chief justice of Pakistan ordered the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board to provide water to residents of Karachi from KWSB water tankers, in an attempt to curb the private water tanker mafia. It was intended to give time to the water providing organisation to be able to provide water to all its citizens from their own water lines.
Not only has the KWSB been unable to revive the water supply through its own pipelines, some of its officials have also been involved in corruption. Last week, I went to an area where the KWSB is providing water tankers to residents by writing their names down according to the guidelines laid for them by the CJ itself. This includes providing water tankers to 10 residents of a locality each. However, at the time I was present to have my name written down, the officials told us that the list had been prepared while no one present on the premises at that time had had their names written down.
According to an official, the list had been made overnight, while the time to begin writing down the names was 4am. So how could a list be prepared before that? On top of that the said official had refused to show us the list despite our continuous requests. And once we somehow got hold of this coveted list, it had names of more than 10 residents of different areas, clearly violating the rule that had been set.
How is this order by the CJ going to help Karachiites, mostly hailing from areas that are not DHA or Clifton with their water woes when blatant corruption is being practised? Citizens demand answers.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 16th, 2018.