Karachi: Protestors block Korangi Road
KARACHI: As reported by the Express Tribune on Tuesday, for the third time in a week, frustrated residents of Akhtar Colony took to the streets in a bid to protest against the water and electricity shortage at 3pm on Monday.
Water board officials explained that their share was being siphoned off by Qayyumabad.
Public transport buses and cargo containers were forced to park as barriers, leading to the third blockade of main Korangi Road this week, bringing cars to halt for nearly an hour.
More than a hundred protestors chanted, “We want water. We deserve water,” as they forced the cars at the traffic signals to shut their engines.
When The Express Tribune contacted the Karachi Water and Sewage Board (KWSB) for an explanation, its vice chairman Syed Khalid Ahmad said that the main problem was the distribution of water between Akhtar Colony and Qayyumabad.
“The people of Qayyumabad are taking the share of Akhtar Colony’s water and that is why the locality is deprived of water,” he explained.
The machine that pumps water to Akhtar Colony is located at Qayyumabad. “We have prepared a schedule for water distribution according to which both localities get water on alternate days, but the people of Qayyumabad are not following it,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minster Qaim Ali Shah has taken notice of the incident and directed the managing director of the KWSB to take immediate action against officials responsible for the water shortage.