KWSB rehires officials dismissed by Water Commission

Board says the investigations regarding the officials's conduct are still ongoing


Our Correspondent January 21, 2019
Action will be taken against all multistoried buildings. PHOTO: KWSB

KARACHI: Two officials of the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB), who were dismissed on the orders of the Supreme Court-mandated Commission of Water and Sanitation over allegations of negligence, corruption, water meters' tampering and sale of hydrants in exchange of bribes, have been posted again on important positions.

The irony is that the officer, Nadeem Kirmani, who was removed from his post by the commission's head Justice (retd) Amir Hani Muslim for making changes in metres, has been appointed as the Executive Engineer of the metre region again.

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According to sources, Justice (r) Muslim had visited the hydrant with the senior officials of the KWSB on February 2, 2018 and had given the orders to immediately remove Kirmani for tampering the metres at the Landhi Hydrant.

The KWSB Managing Director Khalid Nadeem Sheikh had dismissed Kirmani from his post immediately. However, KWSB has appointed him again as the executive engineer of meters for the region in industrial areas, in violation of the commission's orders.

Kirmani has all the administrative authorities to check meters again even though he was the one who was accused of tampering them. According to the Water Commission records, Kirmani was accused of defrauding several million rupees in bills by making changes in the meter numbers.

The surprise visit by the commission on February 2 revealed the allegations on Kirmani, after which he was removed from his post. The post being given back to Kirmani has raised a question mark on the efficiency of KWSB management.

Another senior official, Nisar Magsi, was removed from his post for allegedly selling water illegally from a hydrant but the KWSB had rehired him on an important position as well. The KWSB sources said that the investigations were still investigating the cases of Kirmani and Magsi.

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