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Potable water being used for Bagh-i-Quaid

Dawn - June 15, 2001

Despite acute shortage of potable water in the country, 1,500,000 gallons of potable water is daily used at Bagh-e-Quaid-e-Azam.

Situated over an area of 61 acre, the garden of Mazar-e-Quaid has been built with a cost of 320 million rupees covering all plumbing works, electrifiacation and horticulture; but a sewage treatment plant, though originally included in the plan, has been dropped.

According to an official of the Mazar-e-Quaid-e-Azam Management Board, the treatment plant (TP) has been dropped from the plan due to objections from several board members regarding the spraying of treated water in the garden.

At present the large garden is being watered with 1,50,000 gallons potable water daily which is delivered by the KW&SB and given by the Sind government, having an annual value of approxmately 6 million. If installed the treatment plant would not only save the valuable 1,50,000 gallons of potable water daily but also reduce the load on the decades old seweage system.

Apart from the view that treated water would degrade the sanctity of the place, the other arguments put forward by the authorities is that treated water is harmful to humans and, at times , even to flora and fauna. Nevertheless, a number of places, including the gardens of Frere hall and the KMC sports complex at Kashmir Road, visited daily by a large number of families, are maintained with water from TPs established within the premises of these places.

According to a senior KW&SB official, advanced countries even neutralise sewage water for non-drinking human use. This water with minor treatment is good for gardening. It is worth mentioning here that of the total cost of 320 million required for the development of Bagh-e-Quaid-e-Azam, the major amount came from Islamabad which provided Rs220 million and the rest was equally divided among all the four provinces.

Only Sindh and Punjab have paid their share of 25 million rupees each, while Baluchistan has given Rs.5 million and no money has been given by NWFP, whereas Azad Kashmir was not included in the contributing formula.

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