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Interesting Story: Karachi 'water mafia' leaves Pakistanis parched and broke

(I would appreciate if some Pakistani guys here (on LL) could explain this issue a bit more further ...)

By Alex Rodriguez

On March 16, 2010

Corrupt politicians allow businessmen to siphon off as much as 41% of the city's water supply and turn around and sell it at exorbitant rates to residents, generating an estimated $43 million a year.

PHOTO: - A driver stands atop his water tanker as he fills it up with a large blue hose from an illegal hydrant inside a red-brick building on Manghopir Road in Karachi. There are at least 160 illegal hydrants across the city used to siphon water from the city's supply.

Name a cash cow in this sprawling city of ragged slums and glass-walled office buildings and it's almost certain there's an organized crime syndicate behind it.

The illegal operations, routinely referred to as mafias, are everywhere. There's a land mafia that


Added: Mar-16-2010 Occurred On: Mar-16-2010
By: wrano
Middle East
Tags: Pakistan, Karachi, Water, Mafia, Corruption, Poverty, Unfairness
Location: Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan (load item map)
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