Supreme Court says Sindh’s water is being deliberately contaminated
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and former Karachi mayor Mustafa Kamal arrived at the Supreme Court’s Karachi registry to appear before the bench hearing the case.
During the hearing, Chief Justice Nisar observed that the water situation in Sindh is troublesome, adding that the chief minister has been summoned so he can resolve the situation.
Sindh Cheif Minister Murad Ali Shah informed the bench hearing the case that the water crisis is not as extreme as shown by the petitioner, adding that "if I get an opportunity I will show my video to the court".
The chief minister said that the provincial government is working to resolve the issue, however, it is facing shortage of funds.
In the last court proceedings of the case, Justice Nisar observed: "This is a matter of people’s lives, it cannot be ignored.
The chief minister will be asked about all the steps he has taken in this regard."
The chief justice also remarked that the judiciary must intervene when the government fails to fulfil its responsibilities.
Former mayor Mustafa Kamal during his appearance before the court said that the metropolis needs 1250 mgd (million gallons a day) but receives only 1.51 per cent of the total water supplied to Sindh.
He said K-3 and K-4 projects were introduced during his tenure, adding that the project even after its completion would not meet the city’s water requirement.
He added that the completion date given by the government is 2018, whereas according to his knowledge, the project will not be completed even in four-year time.