Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah, considering the water requirement of the metropolis, has announced the installation of two new seawater desalination plants, each one would have five million gallons per day besides acquiring the seawater desalination plant abandoned at Karachi Nuclear Power Plant (KANUPP).
“This will help to provide drinking water to the people living in old areas of the city and DHA,” Murad said while chairing a meeting to review the status of some important projects in Karachi at the CM House.
Minister Information Sharjeel Memon, Administrator KMC Murtaza Wahab, Minister Local Govt Nasir Shah, Chief Secretary Sohail Rajput, Commissioner Karachi Iqbal Memon, Chairman P&D Hassan Naqvi, Secretary LG Najam Shah, Special Secretary to CM Raheem Shaikh and other officers attended the meeting.
The meeting was briefed that Karachi had a population of 20 million people and its water needs stood at 12,00 MGD against which 655 MGD was being supplied showing a shortage of 535 MGD.
Minister Local Govt Nasir Shah told the meeting that KWSB has formulated a scheme to establish a seawater desalination plant (SWDSP) of five MGD capacity to supply water to the users in district South.
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Three sites for installation of desalination plants- Ayesha Masjid DHA-VII, Ibrahim Hyderi, and Seaview at village restaurant were suggested.
The CM gave approval to Ibrahim Hyderi at Korangi Creek which is one and a half kilometers away from Dhari Island.
Moreover, the intake from this site would supply water to the Ghazi Pumping Station through Coast Guard Chowrangi which already has another pumping facility as a backup in case of a failure or other emergent conditions at Ghazi Pumping Station.
Murad ordered the local government department to install another 5 MGD desalination plant near Lyari so that Lyari could be supplied with water from there.
He further directed the local government minister to consult a private firm that had mounted a 1.2 MGD desalination plant to provide water to KANUPP.
It was told that the nuclear power plant had installed its own setup so that plant was abandoned and could be used to provide water to the city.