By Barkatullah Baloch
Tanker owners in Gwadar have once again gone on the strike due to non-payment of their dues causing inconvenience to the citizens who don’t have much water left for use.
Merani Dam is the main source of water being supplied by the tankers who have stopped working for the last one week. This has resulted in a major water crisis in the Gwadar city and its surrounding areas.
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The water crisis has continued to worsen in the port town with no permanent solution to the problem.
Local officials cite the ongoing installation of desalination plants in Sur Bandar as a long-term solution to the water crisis.
 
Sohail Baloch, a resident of Gwadar, told Pak Voices, we are at the mercy of tanker mafia who go on strike every second day,” adding that people are forced to use saline water for drinking purpose.
Ishaque Shahdad, the representative of Tanker Association claimed that the government owes 1 billion and 40 crore rupees as they have not been paid for the last seven months. “We travel almost 300 kilometers to fetch water for Gwadar town and the outskirts costing us eight to ten thousand rupees per trip.”
Sohail Baloch, a resident of Gwadar, told Pak Voices, we are at the mercy of tanker mafia who go on strike every second day,” adding that people are forced to use saline water for drinking purpose.
Ishaque Shahdad, the representative of Tanker Association claimed that the government owes 1 billion and 40 crore rupees as they have not been paid for the last seven months. “We travel almost 300 kilometers to fetch water for Gwadar town and the outskirts costing us eight to ten thousand rupees per trip.”

On the other hand, Nisar Ahmad, SDO Public Health Engineering Department told Pak Voices saying, “So far the Balochistan government has spent 90 crore rupees as part of the plan to supply water through tankers as a temporary solution.”
Additional Deputy Commissioner Gwadar Anees Tariq told Pak Voices, “The government of Balochistan has already approved the due payment of the tankers but the money has not been released yet, adding that the tanker owners will receive one and a half month’s payment soon.

In the meanwhile, people of Gwadar will continue to suffer as the issue between the tanker owners and the government takes time to settle. Locals have demanded from the government to solve the water crisis on war-footing so they can continue to survive in the port city.

Barkatullah Baloch is working with Pak Voices as a citizen journalist from Gwadar city. 

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