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?
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?
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:
Source and methodology
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.