LAHORE: The key barriers to the completion of the Greater Karachi Wapda and Water Supply Scheme (K-IV project) have been described as some significant technological problems and, in the prevailing situation, the project will not go forward without addressing these issues.
Wapda however, agreed to perform a thorough review of the project to address these problems after meeting stakeholders.
These details were discovered after the retired Wapda chief, Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain, visited the project along with a technical team of senior engineers with project execution expertise.
Accompanying him were relevant authorities.
A K-IV intake situated at Keenjhar Lake in Thatta was visited by the Wapda chairman and his staff.
On the occasion, the K-IV project director, the government of Sindh, briefed them on the current status of the project, highlighting issues in the construction of the scheme.
The project manager of the Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) told the team about the construction-related progress made on the project so far, while the head of the consultants gave a thorough briefing on the problems hindering the project.
Later, along with the alignment of the project, the Wapda chairman and project officers also had an aerial view.
During the visit, it was concluded that the K-IV Project has serious technical problems relating to its design, route and functionality. Therefore, without addressing these concerns, the project will not go further. A comprehensive report will be compiled by the Wapda committee, outlining the key challenges facing the project and their potential solutions. A path ahead for the project to progress forward would then be decided.
In phase I, the K-IV project envisages the availability of 260 million gallons of water per day to Karachi.
The project was previously implemented by the Sindh government, but under an agreement with the provincial government, the federal government has now taken up the execution of the project as part of the Karachi Prime Minister ‘s package and ordered Wapda to take over the scheme’s implementation responsibilities.
Published in Dharti News, November 7th, 2020