Pipe Factory Issue

Shifting of CDGK Pipe Factory yet to be finalized


By Jamil Khan | KARACHI


THE City District Government Karachi (CDGK) has still not taken any initiatives to shift the CDGK Pipe Factory, located at Pir Sibghatullah Shah Road (Dalmia Road), although the City Council had passed a resolution in this regard around nine months ago, Daily Times learnt on Tuesday.

The pipe factory, previously known as the KDA Pipe Factory, covers 26 acres of land near the National Stadium and was set up in 1954. The machinery was imported from Australia for manufacturing pipes of various diameters and the production of water and sewerage pipes has been catering to the growing demands of the city for the past five decades.

The factory shut down in 1998 and remained closed till 2001, during which time, almost all 1,200 employees were withdrawing salaries without producing a single pipe. The factory was reopened in October 2001 to manufacture b4 inch diameter pipes, after the K-III Project was commissioned to supply 100 million gallons of water daily to Karachi.

After the completion of the K-III Project in 2006, City Nazim Mustafa Kamal decided to use the pipes manufactured at the factory in all water and sewerage projects of the city, as it would save the government around Rs 100 million monthly.

During the last three years, the CDGK Pipe Factory has manufactured hundreds of thousands of miles of pipes that have been used for various water and sewerage projects carried out in all 18 towns of Karachi. The City Council had adopted a resolution to shift the factory from its existing location to a 100-acre piece of land in Gadap Town, along the Northern Bypass.

“Shifting the pipe factory located in the middle of the city will improve the overall environment and the land occupied by it can be then utilized for commercial and residential purposes,” said Waqar Hussain Shah, while discussing the resolution on the floor of the house.

The city government had adopted another resolution, shifting the ownership of the land to its subsidy firm, Karachi Development Company Limited (KDCL), so the land could be used to generate revenue for the CDGK. The opposition members of the City Council created uproar and delayed any progress in the issue and it seems like using the land for commercial or residential purposes is not an option for now.

CDGK Pipe Factory Director Arif Khan Sherwani told Daily Times that so far no action has been taken, even though the 100-acre land on the Northern Bypass has been handed over to the CDGK. He mentioned that there are 400 employees working in the pipe factory on a daily wage basis and although, some of the staff is on a permanent basis, most of the original employees have either retired or are also on a daily wage basis.

Sherwani said that presently all eleven plants in the existing factory are functioning to cater to the needs of not only the city government but also various projects being carried out by the Sindh government in Sukkur and a Japanese firm in different parts of Balochistan.

“We are being producing pre-stressed and RCC pipes of international standard and they have also been certified in Japan,” he said.

He mentioned that although the city government has carried out massive revamping in the water and sewerage sector over the past three years, the need for more pipes still exists. “Currently, the Malir Development Authority (MDA), Taiser Town and other such development schemes are under process and to meet the needs of these areas, the factory has to function around the clock,” he said.

It is also mentioned that the pipe factory manufactures pipes of various diameters ranging from 6-inch to 84-inch and also manufactures manhole covers and other cemented structures being used by the city government.

Furthermore, sources close to the city nazim told Daily Times that reservations of other political parties on the massive piece of land, worth billions of rupees, have yet to be taken care of and the city government will not take any steps for shifting of the factory before clearing out the situation.

-Published in Daily Times | Oct 8, 2008

~ by jamilkhan on October 8, 2008.

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