The judicial commission that has been assigned by the Supreme Court on water and sanitation has granted the Karachi Water and Sanitation Board (KWSB) two days to update its IT system.
The verdict came on Monday by the court and the KWSB managing director has been directed to establish a centralized IT system and provide training to the board’s employees before Ramadan starts. Furthermore, a penalty has been imposed on the Chinese company that is responsible for lifting waste in the city for employing a workforce too small to meet the city’s requirements.
The Sindh Building Control Authority for its negligence was also called out by the Supreme Court. The Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar also attended the meeting that was held at the Sindh High Court, where Justice (retd) Muslim observed that the cost of water tankers had increased. As a tanker that was earlier procured at Rs4,000 now costs Rs12,000.
The commission was also irked by the non compliance of the board when asked to upload the details of water pumps in the city. However, an IT officer of the water board informed the commission that 153 pumping stations were situated in Karachi. It was also observed by the Justice that the website did not contain information about the amount of water being received and released at the pumping stations.