KARACHI: The Sindh government has completed installation of 150 reverse osmosis water filter plants in five talukas of the parched Tharparkar district, Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah said on Thursday.
“The largest reverse osmosis (RO) plant of Asia having capacity to filter two million gallons per day will be inaugurated by former president Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday,” he said presiding over a meeting at the CM House.
The chief minister said that under the Rs5 billion schemes, 750 RO plants were being installed in Thar. “This would solve their basic problems of drinking water. Out of 750 RO plants, 150 have been installed,” he said and added that the water filter plant that the Sindh Coal Development Authority has installed near Mithi is the largest in Asia. Former president Asif Ali Zardari will inaugurate this plant, Shah said.
“The RO plant in Mithi will filter a million gallon of water using solar energy and another million on electricity,” Shah said.
Thar development review
Health Minister Jam Mehtab Dahar said that primary health services have been improved in Thar and they have started giving results. “Mithi hospital has been equipped so strongly that children from nearby districts are taken there,” he said.
Minister for Livestock Jam Khan Shoro giving a briefing to the meeting said that even during drought, over 35,000 litres of milk is produced in Thar daily. “Improved water supply will bring economic opportunities to subsistence dairy farmers of Thar, if only milk-chillers are installed to enhance the life of milk so that it remains fresh till wholesalers come to villages to buy it,” he said.
Sindh Chief Secretary Sajjad Saleem Hotiana suggested that coordinated efforts are required to improve health services and relief work in Thar.
Commissioner Mirpurkhas Division Shafiq Mahesar briefing the meeting said that four phases of wheat distribution have been completed in which 252,968 families have been given wheat. The fifth phase has been started and so far 32,794 families have been given relief goods and the process is going on.
Secretary Rehabilitation Roshan Ali Shaikh said that there was a need to amend PDMA law so that relief work could be assigned at one place instead of operating through different departments.
Finance Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Principal Secretary Alamuddin Bullo, ACS Development Mohammad Waseem, Secretary Finance Sohail Rajput, Secretary Food Saeed Awan and other senior officers attended the meeting.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 2nd, 2015.