Korangi Association of Trade and Industry (KATI) President Saleem-uz-Zaman has said that industries are being badly affected due to sewerage problems and non-supply of water which is having a direct impact on the national economy. The business community has been facing serious problems due to the poor performance of the Water Board and there is a deep concern among the industrialists. He said that if the problems of water supply and sewerage to the industries could not be solved on priority than how can we expect stability in industrial production which is a key requirement for the economic stability for the country.
Saleem-uz-Zaman said that the present administration has failed miserably in providing basic necessities like water and its drainage. He shared that the lives of the citizens as well as the industries have been ruined.
President KATI further said that industries run the economy of the country and solving the problems faced by them should be the top priority of the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board.
Chairperson KATI’s Standing Committee on Water & Sewerage Nighat Awan said that the basic infrastructure in the Korangi industrial area is in a state of dismal condition and the sewage water has badly affected the industries and roads. She urged that urgent steps are needed to address the long-standing sewerage issue as well as the water supply problem. She highlighted that the affected industries cannot afford further delays.
She further said that Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has always solved the problems of industrial areas on priority basis and the current situation needs his urgent notice.
Nighat Awan said that efforts are being made to sabotage the industrial production process by shutting off the water supply to the industries which had been supplied in Sector 24 for the last several weeks. He said that the officials of Karachi Water and Sewerage Board by suspending water supply to industries, they are running the company by selling their share of water to other sources, while the industrialists have also confiscated self-help water pumps and motors.