Sindh Govt to initiate work on Hub Canal Project

The Sindh govt has decided to rehabilitate the Hub Canal through government funding.

Currently Karachi has two major water supply sources – the Indus River through Kinjhar Lake providing about 570 million Gallons Daily (MGD) water and Hub Dam. Hub Canal built in 1982-84 has outlived its life and its capacity reduced from 100 MGDs to 70 MGDs for many reasons. Some of the large areas of Karachi, including but not limited to, Orangi, Baldia, Keamari, SITE and New Karachi, depended upon the water supply from Hub Canal.

In the past efforts were made to undertake the Hub Canal Rehabilitation Project under Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for Rs75 billion in PPP mode but the project could not move forward.

The water board has submitted a proposal to rehabilitate the existing Hub Canal and construct a New Canal of 100 MGD parallel to the existing one. The proposal has a financial cost for constructing the New Canal and rehabilitating the existing Canal for Rs. 9.8 billion and Rs. 2.92 billion respectively

The cabinet has approved the proposal and directed the water board to expedite the process and start the work on the construction of Hub Canal