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KARACHI: The consultancy firm and design of K-IV—the bulk water supply project have been changed. National Engineering Services Pakistan Pvt. Limited is now looking after the project and has re-examined the entire technical work of it.
It may be mentioned here that the consultancy of the project was first awarded to M/s Osmani & Co (Pvt.) Limited in 2014.
Some major flaws have been found in the technical formation of K-IV, due to this, the Sindh government has decided to conduct third party validation of the project by M/s NESPAK (Pvt.) Limited, sources revealed The News Vision.
It said the consultancy firm M/s Osmani & Co (Pvt.) Limited did not encompass the ‘Haleji Lake’ and ‘Hadero Lake’ (the two reservoirs of water, containing water storage capacity of one year and two years respectively) to the main Keenjar Lake–a main source of providing water to Karachi through K-IV water supply project.
It said the consultancy firm has also failed to prepare a comprehensive augmentation plan of water distribution through K-IV from Keenjhar Lake to Karachi.
The sources said augmentation plan contains that 124-Kilometer long stretch from Keenjhar Lake to Karachi would encompasses three pumping stations Pipri, North East Karachi-NEK and Manghopir pumping stations, but it was not done in the survey report of the project.
With the change of consultancy firm, the Sindh government has decided to bring some significant changes into the project and complete it without dividing into phases, as the project was first initiated phase-wise in which 260million gallon daily was to induct in the system in first phase and then 260mgd in second and 130mgd later in the third phase in the system.
The managing director Karachi Water & Sewerage Board Asadullah Khan while commenting over the recent development said that the chief minister Syed Murad Ali Shah with the approval of Sindh cabinet has handed over the consultancy of K-IV project to M/s NESPAK (Pvt.) Limited as third party validation for the period of three months.
“The NESPAK (Pvt.) Limited during three months would re-examine the project and remove the flaws being witnessed in the project”, Asadullah Khan added.
He confirmed that the project would now complete in a single phase through which 650mgd water would be inducted in the system at once.
When tried to contact repeatedly to the representatives of M/s Osmani & Co (Pvt.) Limited for taking their view point over the said development, they were not ready to comment.
Change in design and delay in execution of the project would certainly increase the estimated cost of K-IV, as the project was first conceived in the year 2008-9 with the estimated cost of Rs25.5billion, which was later approved by ECNEC in the year2011.
The Sindh government has formerly started the project in 2016 with the estimated cost of Rs29billion for completion of its first phase contains 260mgd water into the system.
Delay in the project would certainly put dual negative impact in Karachi as on one side, the estimated cost would be escalated up to Rs120billion while the water shortage would be aggravated further with every passing day.
Currently, the city is being supplied half of its total need of water supply, as 550mgd water is being supplied to the city against its total estimated supply of 1200mgd.