Water filtration plants non functional in Balochistan
A water filtration plant located in the Quetta's VIP zone is non functional for years: Photo Manan Mandokhail

Manan Mandokhail:

Most of the water filter plants are not functional in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan for the last few years. Water filtration plants installed near the Chief Minister’s Secretariat and Governor’s House are also not functional.

“We are deprived of clean drinking water”, Muhammad Hashim, a citizen complained. He stated that most of the citizens were taking clean drinking water from a water filtration plant installed by the Sailani Welfare Trust near the civil hospital Quetta.

802 water filtration plants were installed in Balochistan

The Balochistan government had announced to the restoration of all 802 water filtration plants to provide clean drinking water to the masses. However, the Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) is yet to make the out-of-order plants functional.

“A welfare trust can restore the filtration plants but our government is least bothered”, Shahid Khan, another citizen standing outside the Sialani Welfare Water Filtration Plant said.

People are deprived of clean drinking water

In Quetta and most parts of Balochistan, people are deprived of clean drinking water. Despite repeated appeals, the provincial government is yet to make filtration plants functional.

Despite repeated attempts, the Daily Quetta Voice was not able to get the official point of view. One of the senior officers of the PHE department said, “this is now an old project”.

No chance of making water filtration plants functional: Official

He said the chances of making the filtration plants were bleak since the government had no resources to do so. He requested anonymity since he was not authorized to speak to the media.

The water filtration plants were established during the late General (R) Pervez Musharraf government in Balochistan to provide clean drinking water to the people. Over 1000 people were also recruited for this purpose. The employees have been getting salaries since then but the plants are still non-functional.

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Quetta Voice is an English Daily covering all unfolding political, economic and social issues relating to Balochistan, Pakistan's largest province in terms of area. QV's main focus is on stories related to education, promotion of quality education and publishing reports about out of school children in the province. QV has also a vigilant eye on health, climate change and other key sectors.