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CM Murad vows to install desalination plant

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah reiterating his commitment to resolve the issues of drinking and industrial water in the city, has vowed to install desalination plant.
He said that utilization of solid waste for the power generation were among the priorities. He stated this while chairing an important meeting at the chief minister house here on Monday, said a statement. The meeting was attended by Minister Local Government Saeed Ghani, Minister for Women Development Shahla Raza, CM advisor on Law Barrister Murtaza Wahab, Chairman P&D Mohammad Waseem and Chairman Hubco Habibullah Khan, Director Aly Khan, CEO Khalid Mansoor and others.
The chief minister said that Karachi was receiving 583 Millions of Gallons Per Day (MGD) from Keenjhar Lake and 100 MGD from Hub Dam. This supply of 683 MGD water from both the sources comes to 80 percent of the total demand leaving the city with a shortfall of 550 MGD, he said and added that the solution to demand and supply lies in seawater desalination plant. He also pointed out that 16,550 tons of waste is generated daily in the city out of which only 20 percent is recycled. “Therefore, I want to utilize the waste for generation of electricity,” he said.
Hubco team told the CM Sindh that the issues of water scarcity, wastewater and solid waste management could be made by wastewater recycling and energy could be generated from solid waste.
It was pointed out that there was water demand of Clifton Cantonment Board and DHA Phase 1 to VII is 14 MGD, out of which 6 to 7 MGD is being supplied by KWSB and there is still a gap of 7 to 8 MGD. The Hubco offered to use Hub plant for desalination. Its capacity would be 300 MGD, scalable to 1200 MGD. They said that seawater intake and outfall channel are available.
Waste to Energy, Hubco told the chair that if all of Karachi’s non-recycled waste (13,240 TPD) is utilized, it can generate around 200 MW electricity which can produce 175-190 MGD of potable water. The CM Sindh said that Hubco and Sindh government can work together and for the purpose, he directed Chairman P&D Mohammad Waseem to firm up the detailed proposal for the purpose.
The P&D and Sindh PPP unit after considering the main idea of providing desalinated water to Karachi, power generation from solid waste and recycling of wastewater for the industrial purpose would make its proposal and submit to the CM Sindh for his approval.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.