Over 50% of 750 RO Plants in Thar remain out of order
Sindh Minister Nasir Shah says only 340 RO Plants are currently operational in Thar
Provincial govt. had installed 750 RO Plants in Thar at a cost of Rs.5.24 billion – statement in Sindh Assembly
In terms of availability of potable water, the worst affected is Sindh province in Pakistan, but Syed Nasir Shah, the provincial minister for Local Government & Public Health Engineering, claimed on Friday that the government is supplying water to the people of rural areas through various schemes.
Minister gave such misleading statement on the floor of Sindh Assembly during the question & answer hour on Friday.
Nasir Shah gave details of schemes which itself contradicted his claim. According to him, Sindh government had installed 750 Reverse Osmosis Plants (RO Plants) in Thar Desert area with a cost of Rs.5.24 billion, of which only 340 RO plants are operational. It means that more than fifty percent RO Plants are non-functional.
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“We are trying to make functional the rest of RO Plants on priority basis,” he said claiming further that pipelines have also been laid in Thar for supplying the water and hundreds of thousands people of Thar are getting the potable water.
Nasir Shah told the assembly members that the RO Plants will be run on solar system for which a scheme has been prepared.
It may be mentioned that the operators of the functional and non-functional RO Plants of Tharparkar had been observing hunger strikes for payment of their salaries. The government had released huge funds to a Karachi-based private company for making the RO Plants functional in Thar.
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His statement further disclosed that even in Karachi the RO Plants are not functioning properly. In this regard he mentioned the out of order RO Plant of Sheerin Jinnah Colony.
He said that 3.5 million gallon water is being supplied to Karachi citizens through water tankers in those areas where there is shortage of water.