The Karachi Water and Sewerage Board has decided to start a crackdown against illegal water hydrants in the city.
The water board’s managing-director, Asadullah Khan, wrote a letter to the additional inspector-general of police on Tuesday seeking assistance in closing down the illegal water hydrants on orders of the Supreme Court.
He made a reference to the apex court’s order in the letter. “The KWSB MD, concerned SSP and the SHO of the area may be made responsible for eradicating the menace of illegal water hydrants and in case of discovery of the illegal water hydrant, a case may be registered against them instead of some unknown miscreants,” the Supreme Court had ordered last month.
In the letter, the KWSB MD said certain unwanted elements were active in setting up illegal hydrants across the city.
He clarified that eight legal water hydrants were operating in the city under a well-monitored system evolved in compliance with the SC and the Judicial Commission on Water and Sanitation.
Of these eight, six are running in each district while one is operating under the management of NLC and another in Baldia Town by the District West management.
The KWSB MD requested the AIG to direct all the SSPs and SHOs to keep an “eagle eye” on illegal hydrants in their respective areas and demolish them.