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The Pakistan Tanners Association (PTA) demanded August 5 the immediate installation of RO (reverse osmosis) plants at the tannery zone in Korangi industrial area to save exports of leather and leather goods threatened due to non-supply of water for the local tanneries.
PTA Chairman, Fawad Jawed said Governor Sindh released Rs44 million (US$445,200) from his special funds to Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) for laying a trunk water main for the supply of five million gallons per day water to the leather cluster.
However, the KWSB has not released water in to the pipeline with 12 inches diameter laid on a two-kilometer distance from Chamra roundabout to the tannery zone.
“The pipeline is feared to be cracked badly due to non-supply of water for the last two years,” he added.
The PTA condemned the attitude of senior managers at KWSB for squandering precious resources without completing water supply to the Korangi.
The tannery zone has not been getting water from KWSB for over a decade and the only water source was underground wells that were drying up fast and now the industrial estate faced a drought like situation, said the release. RO plants committed by KWSB are yet to be installed, it said.
Jawed appealed the Governor Sindh and the Minister for Local Government Sharjeel Memon to come to the rescue and immediately install four RO plants in the tannery zone, which were approved and awaiting KWSB action.
Source: International News Pakistan