Pollution caused by CEPT shut down in Korangi

Pakistan
Published:  25 October, 2013

Pakistan Tanners Association (PTA) expressed concerned over the closure of Combined Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) in the Karachi tannery zone. The Korangi Industrial Area (KIA) has remained shut for one week causing a loss of over Rs6 million (US$56,000) say the PTA and a huge amount of untreated water is being released into the sea.†

The CETPís closure is damaging the ecology in the area as a result. Gulzar Firoz President of CETP said the Karachi Municipal Corporation (KMC)ís contractor working on the road construction in the area has dug up over half kilometre of pipeline of the CETP. He said as a result of the incident, the plant has remained shut down for the last one week. Chairman of the PTA Fawad Jawed said for the last several years tankers supply the only clean water into the area but the local administrationís operation against the illegal hydrants, many hydrants have been closed down and now even the factory workers are not getting water for drinking in the factories. He demanded immediate supply of water through the newly laid pipeline.

Karachi Commissioner, Shoib Ahmed Siddiqui has ordered an inquiry into the incident of the pipeline damage. Meeting with PTA members South Zone, he said he has established a Karachi Development and Coordination Committee in order to resolve pending work and to execute previous agreements. He said all the issues including construction of road, water supply, implementation of a Reverse Osmosis plant in the area, removal of solid waste on regular basis and operation permissions for Sui Southern Gas Company to supply gas to sector 7-A. The Commissioner said he would take up the matter with the Chief of the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board as a priority.

Source: Daily Times

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