Karachi administration gears up for hot weather

This year is expected to be hottest since 2015, extra measures are being taken to ensure water supply


Our Correspondent March 25, 2019
A representational image. PHOTO: REUTERS

KARACHI: This year is expected to be the hottest year since 2015. Experts at the Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD) have predicted that the temperatures will rise in the coming days, with heat waves expected in May, while June will also be extremely hot. In light of the PMD's predictions, the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) is taking precautionary measures to improve water supply in all areas of the city, said KWSB Managing Director Asadullah Khan.

A meeting of engineers and PMD officials is being called in this regard. The meeting will prepare a strategy for the provision of water in all districts including remote areas of the city, said Khan. He informed that all facilities were being provided to the employees of KWSB according to the terms and conditions to ensure efficiency in the organisation.

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Resolving pressing concerns

According to Khan, important decisions regarding the provision of available facilities to KWSB employees in accordance with the rules and regulations, the provision of water supply to the city and the improvement of the sewerage system have been taken at a meeting of the governing body. "I especially thank Local Government Minister Saeed Ghani and the members of the governing board," he said referring to these decisions.

Khan briefed about the measures in separate meetings with members of the Sindh Assembly, a delegation of KWSB CBA United Workers Front and dignitaries of the city. MPAs Saeed Ahmed Afridi and Rabistan Khan informed the KWSB MD about the water supply and sewerage system issues in their respective constituencies, PS-120 and PS-122.

Besides, several delegations of citizens from different areas of the city met MD Khan to discuss their problems. Khan issued instructions to the officials and engineers present at those meetings for the resolution of these problems.

Ensuring productivity

A delegation of the united workers front, headed by CBA Chairperson Muhammad Naeem and the CBA President Muhammad Shafi, met KWSB MD in his secretariat and congratulated him for presenting KWSB employees' problems and for getting the approvals in the meeting of KWSB's governing body.

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The leaders of the union said that KWSB employees ensure water supply to the city without any intervals despite rough weather conditions and other circumstances, continuing their efforts even on government holidays. Performance can be improved if the employees' issues are addressed, claimed the leaders. They maintained that the stability of the organisation and better services for citizens depended on the provision of facilities and opportunities to the employees according to the terms and conditions. The leaders expressed their gratitude to MD Khan for resolving the issues and assured that KWSB employees will leave no stone unturned in their service to the citizens.

"Officials, engineers and all other employees of KWSB will have to work harder than ever due to the ever growing population and increasing water demand," said MD Khan. "We would have to apply all our abilities to cope with the challenges faced in this regard," he added.

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