Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI) has decided to disconnect and remove illegal water-boring pumps and connections installed at residential and commercial units in different areas of Islamabad.
This was decided to control unchecked and continued suction of ground water which was leading to severe depletion of ground water in the city.
Chairing a meeting Mayor of Islamabad, Sheikh Anser Aziz directed the concerned formations to issue notice to owners of all such premises where underground water is being illegally drawn through water bores or other means, to regularize these connections and water bores from the water supply wing or from their respective Union Council.
If approval from competent forum is not obtained, Mayor said, seven more days will be given to remove water-bores voluntarily, however, after expiry of final notice, a gigantic and comprehensive campaign would be launched to take action against illegal water-bores across the city.
He further directed to publish public notices to warn the residents of the city to remove illegal water bores voluntarily otherwise strict action will be taken against the violators and a fine amounting to Rs5, 000 will be imposed upon the violators. He further directed to publish names of the people involved in illegal drawing of underground water in the press also.
The Mayor said that water is essential to people and the largest available source of fresh water lies underground. Due to less rains in winter this year, water level in different reservoirs including ground water has been significantly decreased.
Illegally installed water boring pumps are further decreasing underground level, therefore, no person, group, authority, association or institution will be allowed to draw underground water in unauthorized way, he said.
On this occasion, Mayor was briefed that in order to utilize available water effectively, MCI has devised a plan. Under this plan, teams of water supply wing will carry out complete survey housing units of the Federal Capital to check illegal water connections and water boring pumps.
He was informed that due to less rain spells, Simly Dam and Khanpur Dam could not be filled completely, while underground water level has also been decreased due to which water from tube wells cannot be supplied properly. He was informed that supply of water has been reduced to 50 percent so that existing resources can only be utilized till the monsoon season.
Total demand of water of the city is 120 MGD, while at present 56 MGD are being supplied is the city, out of which 19 MGD is being supplied from Simly Dam eight MGD from Khanpur Dam. Water from 160 tube wells is also being supplied on different areas of city. Furthermore, in order to cater to water complaints, water tanker sources have been made operational.