KARACHI - The Sindh government has decided to approach the federal government to get approval for installing three water treatment plants at Manchhar Lake.
On the other side, the Wapda has not initiated these projects following the orders of Supreme Court, it has learnt. The decision was taken in a meeting at CM House on Thursday, chaired by the Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah.
The participants also evaluated the performance of Sindh Irrigation Department on development schemes. The CM took notice for contamination of the lake and directed the secretary concerned to evolve a strategy to make and preserve the historical heritage of Sindh and make it more beneficial for fisher community.
The irrigation department secretary responded that under the directives the court, Wapda was supposed to install four water treatment plants each with capacity to treat fifty cusecs contaminated water coming from MNV drain before releasing into Manchhar Lake. “But Wapda started working on just one plant while the rest three plants are yet to be taken into hand by them. The cost of each plant is about Rs3.7 billion.
Syed Qaim Ali Shah directed the secretary to complete the paper work so that the next procedure could be taken to the federal government. The Sindh CM expressed his anxiety over the postponement of the RBOD Project which is a matter of serious concern.
He stressed the federal government for speeding up the work of project to lessen the miseries of the people. Earlier, the Sindh chief minister ruled out the impression in some circles about the slow pace of development work by the Sindh government and said he himself would monitor the pace and quality of development works.
“As many as Rs185 billion are being spent during financing year 2013-14 to benefit the people and a huge amount of investment is being made in irrigation department not only to bring more land under cultivation but also to avert 80 percent loss which was supposed to be gained if we did not strengthen the irrigation system”, he asserted.
The irrigation secretary informed the meeting as many as 219 schemes were under execution with total cost of Rs57.6 billion. He said that out of this cost, the annual allocation of Rs12 billion has been earmarked in this financial year 2013-14 budget. He said fourty one schemes have been completed against targeted number of 43 by December 31, 2013. Other schemes would be successfully completed by targeted period of 30th June 2014”, the secretary assured the meeting.
The CM, while quoting the record of the Sindh government, said that total development expenditure of Rs 185 billion has been earmarked in current financing year 2013-14. He said out of this total outlay, an amount of Rs 70 billion have been released to different departments for implementation on the development schemes.