KPT Plans To Set A Big Desalination Plant: Hussain Haroon
KARACHI, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 14th Jul, 2018 ) :Federal Caretaker Minister for Maritime, Defence and Foreigh Affairs, Abdullah Hussain Haroon Friday said that the Karachi Port Trust (KPT) had planned to set up a big desalination plant with a capacity of 150 MGD drinkable water and 3,000MW power supply to the city; especially to its South district.
The minister said that many new projects were being initiated at Port Qasim by private sector.
As a result of continuing encroachment at the port's entrance and exit points, after some years cargo movement shall become very difficult. If, unfortunately, this happens, the city will loose a potential seaport of KPT and millions of people will lose their jobs directly or indirectly.
He shared that 550 MGD sewage flowed into the sea which was another threat to KPT. This caused big loss to the echo system and health of the citizens as the sewage went back to them along with winds from the sea.
Two days earlier, he had visited Port Qasim Port. Today, he was visiting Karachi Port and in next couple of days, he would hold a detailed meeting on Pakistan National Shipping Corporation. All this was being done to review the affairs of these strategic organizations, which was needed to rectify the wrong actions/decisions by the previous governments.
Port Qasim was the port of future, which has big capacity for expansion. However, Karachi Port had also a big history and great contribution in the country's economy. It is a source of livelihood to big population of the city.
It would have to come up with many projects at KPT's entry and exit routes without disturbing the city life.
He expressed his satisfaction that after a long time USA was making investment at Port Qasim and Kamrah. This rejected the impression that after more involvement of China including launch of CPEC, the Western countries were reluctant to invest here.
"60 to 70 percent of the city was already illegally occupied," he expressed his concern.
" Education and health facilities, and other infrastructure of the city was destroyed," he said.
To a query from media, KPT Chairman Rear Admiral Jamil Akhtar admitted that the port faced problems in cargo movement because of congestion at its entry and exit points. KPT along with Pakistan Railways had been working for enhancing the cargo movement capacity. Against 186, now 4500 bogies were carrying cargo to Up-country per month.KPT was also working on Clifton roads to improve connectivity with the port.
He said KPT was also seriously working on construction of elevated expressway and trade corridor between KPT and Port Qasim. Its three main components would be road and railways networks and LNG pipeline through the sea.
This corridor would benefit a lot and that for next 100 years there would no issue of congestion, he said.
Earlier, the Minister visited Karachi Port and held a detailed session with the KPT management, wherein KPT Chairman briefed him on the infrastructure of the port besides other projects of the port like the Shuttle Freight Train from KPT to Dhabeji, Chemical and Edible Oil Terminal, Cargo Village and Industrial Park.