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Sindh Govt. approves new law for controlling subsoil water extraction

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Sindh Govt. approves new law for controlling subsoil water extraction

According to the new law, licenses will be issued for two years for extracting underground water in industrial areas of Karachi

Karachi, Sindh

Sindh Government has officially approved a new draft law under the Karachi Water Sewerage Corporation (KWSC) to control underground water extraction and prevent water theft. A gazette notification has been issued in this regard.

According to the new law, licenses will be issued for two years for extracting underground water in industrial areas, and following all regulations, meters will be installed on all boreholes. The previous licenses have been canceled.

Under the new draft, one license will allow four boreholes. Additional boreholes will require a separate license. The industrial purposes will mandatorily need a license from the water corporation for using underground water. The water has been categorized into five types: industrial, groundwater operator, commercial, healthcare and educational institutes, and residential complexes.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of KWSC, Engineer Syed Salahuddin Ahmed has formed a five member committee for issuing underground water licenses. The committee will be headed by Owais Malik, with members Muhammad Dilawar Jafri, Muhammad Khalid Farooqui, Mirza Obaid-Ur-Rehman, and Syed Hasnain Abbas.

Interested applicants must submit their license applications through the chairman or president of their respective industrial estate to the CEO of the KWSC. The committee will review the applications and decide on approval or rejection.

According to the new law, those with records of water theft or illegal sales will have their licenses revoked under the Subsoil Water Regulation Act 2018. Boreholes or tubewells cannot be placed within 330 feet of the water corporation’s conduits, bulk lines, reservoirs, or pumping stations, and they must not exceed a diameter of 24 inches. Violators will face strict legal action, including immediate license cancellation. If water theft or illegal sales are proven, the water corporation can impose a fine of Rs.5 million on the license holder.

CEO KWSC Engineer Syed Salahuddin Ahmed said that the primary purpose of this new law is to bring those stealing citizens’ water from the water corporation lines under legal control and ensure public revenue.

He added that the implementation of this law would significantly increase the water corporation’s income and stop water theft. (PR)

Read: Acute water shortage feared in Sindh

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