Following the hue and cry by the opposition parties and reports in the media about the nonfunctional Reverse Osmosis (RO) plants, the provincial government carried out a survey and found out that only four of the 85 RO plants are nonfunctional in Tharparkar district.
The report submitted by the planning and development department to the chief minister said that there were 25 RO plants in Badin and Thatta districts and all were found operational. Meanwhile, 60 plants have been set up in Tharparkar to provide potable water to the community, but are currently nonfunctional because the power utility authority has yet to provide electricity .
The spokesperson for CM House dismissed the claims that dozens of RO plants were non-functional. "PPP co-chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has taken keen interest in the installation of RO plants as part of their united national resolution to provide potable water to the community," he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 20th, 2014.