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Health minister concerned over Phuleli Canal water’s intrusion




  • Sindh Minister for Health Dr Sagheer Ahmed has expressed his apprehensions over intrusion of Phuleli canal water into Liaquat Colony Hyderabad City and hurdles in the supply of safe drinking water to the citizens, not removal of encroachments and heaps of garbage due to shortage of funds to the institution concerned. 

    Addressing the Press conference after presiding over a meeting with the officers of District Administration, Wasa, Irrigation and other lined departments at ex-Zila Nazim Secretariat Hyderabad on Friday evening, the Sindh Minister for Health said that if the slow pace of funds supply was continued and heavy rains were started then the people of Hyderabad would be in very difficult situation. He said the supply of safe drinking water, proper functioning of filter plants, sewerage system, maintenance of cleanliness in the city, removal of encroachments, prohibition of heavy transport in city areas and protection of government lands were the main objectives that were discussed in the meeting but the responsible officers of institutions including Wasa, District Administration, Administrator HMC expressed their difficulties for carrying out their responsibilities due to lack of required funds. 

    He said public representatives belonging to his party realising the situation also had supported those institutions from their own priority development funds and provided machinery and workforce for the job, but this practice was not permanent solution and added that institutions must have to take the responsibility at their own. To a question about the land reserved for bus terminal, the Sindh Minister said that reservations of the citizens in this regarding would be strongly endorsed. 

    Earlier addressing the meeting, Sindh Minister for Health Dr Sagheer Ahmed directed the officers of District Administration, HDP and HMC Administrator to keep provision of budgetary allocation for undertaking, analysis of supplied drinking water, proper functioning of filter plants, maintenance of cleanliness and providing healthy environment to the citizens of Hyderabad. 

    He directed the officers concerned to keep all pumping stations functional, ensure de-silting of drainage Nullahs and remove the garbage from Hyderabad City, adding that funds position to be improved shortly in the month of September and hopefully their professional requirements would be meted out. He asked the Deputy Commissioner Hyderabad, consultants of HDP and Administrator HMC to undertake their joint efforts and find out the way for getting rid off from the intrusion of Phuleli canal water into the Liaquat Colony city on permanent basis. 

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