Project description

It is a feature story written as cover story for DAWN, EOS Magazine. It is an investigative piece comprised with detailed information of what’s the usage of water and the role of government agencies and water tanker. It addresses the contemporary affairs of the delivery of portable water to the citizens and the daily roster of a water-tanker driver. This feature piece mostly covers the condition of water delivered to people, their grading and the role of government in resolving the rooted issue of water in the biggest city of Pakistan, Karachi.
I wrote this feature story to give the government officials, and the citizens an insight into the grade of water they are using and how water-tanker mafia delivering extremely contaminated water to people. It also includes the health factor and government’s idleness to end this issue. Karachi faces the shortage of drinking water daily and most of the areas are not proved with
It also addresses the Hooliganism of illegal hydrant owners and those who are drawing water through illegal canals and selling them in the name of government’s property. These owners sell public water to tanker owners for PKR 300 who then sell it to the public for more than PKR 2000. It is a violation of public rights and the purpose writing this piece was, to aware the responsible folks in government who are oblivious of this grave issue of water.

What makes this project innovative?

Most of the articles submitted here are based on personal opinion and the facts taken from different websites rather than personally researched. Mine is different from the rest in nature and in style as well; it is a feature story, also called creative writing in which you do not put your personal opinion but narrate what people say and their experiences with pictorial proof. Personal opinions always differ and reader come out with critics but feature writing is a kind of writing that draws the attention of a reader wholly as if one is experiencing the scene live. My write-up gives facts and figures which are taken from different institutions and database such as the number of hydrants taken from the office of Karachi Water & Sewerage Board.
People are interested to read life events rather than a long boring speech or essay. My teacher and mentor, Mr Ahmed Yusuf who's the sub-editor of DAWN has always said, "The first five seconds of the article should be fetching, if the reader lose his cadence or rhythm, you're fail." I am too sure that my piece, the first five seconds are bewitching and it can make the reader enjoy from A to Z of this piece.

What was the impact of your project? How did you measure it?

So far, after the publication of my piece, I sent a printed copy to the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mian Saqib Nisar and Chief Minister of Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah. I also had the opportunity to interact with the President of District-west Karachi, Mr Liaquat Askani to discuss the possible measures. He ensured to take this matter to assembly and resolve this matter. After almost a month, the Chief Justice vows to shut down tanker mafia. He also formed a three-judge bench, comprising Justices Faisal Arab and Sajjad Ali Shah, appointed a retired Supreme Court judge Justice Amir Hani Muslim as the new head of one-man judicial commission probing into the failure of authorities in providing clean drinking water and sanitation in the province.
The following report published on January 14, 2018 in a Pakistani English newspaper, The Express Tribune has all that is said above for jury's consideration:

Link: https://tribune.com.pk/story/1608469/1-cjp-comes-hard-authorities-says-sc-will-deal-karachi-water-tanker-mafia/

Source and methodology

I went out personally, visited various underprivileged areas and interviewed people. As I wanted to pen down the life of a water tanker driver, I accompanied him with his consent and wrote his daily roster; saw rare cases such as the negative role of Police.
Numbers and facts are taken from people living in concerned areas by interviewing them. Karachi Water & Sewerage Board helped me in acquiring the active and inactive hydrants in Karachi.
Last but not the least, I can understand and speak almost entire languages spoken in Pakistan i.e. Sindhi, Balochi, Punjabi, Pashto and Kutchi so I was privileged enough to communicate easily in their native language with those who did not properly understand Urdu which is Pakistan's national language.

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Obviously a laptop to type the entire report (MS. Word), a camera to capture photographs, a mobile to contact respective folks and a motorbike to commute from one place to another effortlessly.

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