Karachi: Chief Minister (CM) Sindh Murad Ali Shah has directed the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) to replace decrepit sewerage lines in the old city area of Karachi, a news source reported. The orders were issued after the collapse of a 66-inch diameter sewerage line on Club Road on Monday — which had been in place since 1956.
The CM gave the KWSB 24-hours to restore the broken line and clean up the consequent sewerage overflow. He also ordered the local government minister to change all the old lines, from Ghazanfar Ali Khan Road to Clifton pumping station on Club Road. The KWSB is expected to present a detailed proposal regarding this task as soon as possible.
Shah said that this accident will cause hindrances in the smooth flow of traffic. He recalled a similar incident which occurred in another area of the old city, and said that the only permanent solution is the replacement of all old lines with new ones, in order to improve the system once and for all. The provincial government is also working on projects to improve sewerage across the province in collaboration with the World Bank.
Additionally, the local government secretary was asked to issue orders asking the local bodies across the province to maintain cleanliness in their respective areas.