EXCLUSIVE NPTV TEXT & PHOTOS BY AMAR GURIRO IN SANGHAR
SANGHAR: For the people of Chotiari, (also known as Chotiyaroon – a small town in the mineral-rich Sanghar district), potable water is a rare commodity.
Located 28kms away from Sanghar City, (touching the legendary Achro Thar or the White Desert) Chotiari harbors ten thousand inhabitants who are not supplied filtered water by the state. During the visit, arranged by WaterAid-Pakistan’s media fellowship program, this scribe noted that the town did not happen to have any paved streets or sanitation system.
Terming non-availability of water unreasonable, a local social activist Maula Bux Mallah pointed out while an enormous manmade reservoir, the Chotiyaroon Dam is located three kilometers from the town, Nara Canal too is flowing one kilometer out of the town. Mallah stated that authorities just needed to build an overhead tank to store and supply water to the populace. He pointed out that a branch from Nara Canal, (the Chotiyaroon minor) was flowing just beside the town, which is also at a height.
Imtiaz Ali laments that in the absence of water supply system, locals have no choice but to suck brackish water by means of hand pumps, that causes hepatitis and skin diseases: “Therefore, people spend hours to fetch water from Nara Canal. They walk or use donkey carts and motorcycles.
It is pertinent to mention here that Sanghar produces natural gas and petroleum and is considered as country’s energy basket: “Under Article XXIX of the Petroleum Concession Agreement (PCA), for community development, oil and gas companies are bound to undertake social welfare programs and also Under the Petroleum Exploration & Production Policy 2009, these companies are bound to spend a certain amount of their benefits on communities.
“But these companies are not spending anything on the community, we demand Sindh and Federal government to either provide drinking water and sanitation system to Chotiyaroon or bound these oil and gas companies to spend money for the community development,” said Mallah.
SBCA: Compliance with SC orders to be ensured
KARACHI: The Director General (DG) of Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) Wednesday directed that the compliance with the orders of Supreme Court should be ensured at all costs.
Presiding over a meeting of SBCA Directors and officers here he said that each and every effort should be made for the implementation of 22nd January order of the Apex court.
The DG asked them to start action against illegal marriage halls/lawns and commercial use of residential premises without wasting time.
PPP’s Govt. hiding corruption: Ayaz Palejo
HYDERABAD: GS of GDA Ayaz Latif Palijo today alleged that PPP Sindh government and the leadership were trying to hide its corruption, malpractices, and incompetence by interfering into the matters of federal as well as other provincial governments.
Ayaz Latif Palijo who is also the chief of Quomi Awami Tehreek has made such allegation by talking to a delegation of the citizens here at his residence 48-Prince Town. The people in Tharparkar are losing their lives due to hunger and diseases, unemployment is on the rise, cities of province converted into ponds of gushing water while growers are facing huge financial losses because of not fixing of support prices of agriculture produces but the PPP leadership and its provincial government have no concern, he added.
He said that no one among PPP leadership and Sindh Government is ready to respond answer of looting Rs 700 billion every year from resources of Sindh. The human right violations, the murder of justice in tribal jirgas, jobs for sale, a commission from contractors for completion of development schemes and substandard development work have become the order of the day in Sindh, he alleged.
He observed that people of 18 districts of Sindh have been forced to drink polluted water and the deadly diseases like hepatitis are killing them but the PPP government has been engaged in interfering into the matter of federal and other provincial governments of the country instead to provide relief to the people.
Governor condoles with families of Hub accident victims
KARACHI: Sindh Governor Imran Ismail Tuesday condoled with the bereaved families of victims met a fatal road accident which took place the other day at Bela crossing area of Hub.
He expressed his grief and sorrow over the loss of innocent lives and also expressed sympathies with the families at Edhi Centre Sohrab Goth, said a press release.
Imran Ismail prayed for the eternal peace of departed souls.
Talking to media, the Governor said that due to unavailability of government ambulances, all the rescue work is being done by Edhi.
He advised the Sindh government to come forward and play its due role.
Responding to a query, Imran Ismail said that measures to prevent such incidents is need of the hour.
He said that it would be ensured that the bereaved families may not face any issues.
Governor Sindh said that he would request Premier Imran Khan to provide all possible support to the families of the victims.