She­hbaz vows to pro­vide potable wa­ter to all

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL - SALIM AHMED

LA­HORE—Pun­jab Chief Min­is­ter Muham­mad She­hbaz Sharif presided over a high level meet­ing, here to­day, to re­view the progress of mat­ters re­gard­ing the project of sup­ply of clean drink­ing wa­ter to the cit­i­zens.

Ad­dress­ing the meet­ing, the Chief Min­is­ter said that work has been started on a big pro­gramme worth bil­lions of ru­pees for pro­vid­ing potable wa­ter to the peo­ple and Pun­jab gov­ern­ment will en­sure the right of clean drink­ing wa­ter to the com­mon man un­der this pro­gramme.

He said that wa­ter is di­rectly linked with hu­man health and clean drink­ing wa­ter is the ba­sic need of ev­ery cit­i­zen. He said that this pro­gramme will also help con­trol dis­eases caused by pol­luted wa­ter. He said that this pro­gr­mame is of very im­por­tance with re­gard to pub­lic health and Pun­jab gov­ern­ment will en­sure pro­vi­sion of clean drink­ing wa­ter to crores of peo­ple liv­ing in vil­lages.

She­hbaz Sharif said that a sum of Rs.30 bil­lion has been al­lo­cated for Saaf Pani pro­gramme in the bud­get of next fi­nan­cial year. He said that more than 80 fil­tra­tion plants have been in­stalled in five tehsils of south Pun­jab un­der a pi­lot project. He said that lakhs of peo­ple are get­ting clean drink­ing wa­ter from th­ese wa­ter fil­tra­tion plants daily in Lodhran, Khan­pur, Hasilpur, Dun­ya­pur and Min­chan­abad.

He said that be­sides six dis­tricts of south Pun­jab, Saaf Pani pro­gramme will be started on pri­or­ity ba­sis in those ar­eas where un­der­ground wa­ter is not suit­able for hu­man con­sump­tion. The Chief Min­is­ter di­rected that best com­pa­nies of the world should be se­lected in a trans­par­ent man­ner for this pro­gramme and rules and reg­u­la­tions should be fol­lowed.

He said that sur­vey and record of Saaf Pani pro­gramme should be com­put­er­ized. He said that im­me­di­ate steps should be taken for ca­pac­ity-build­ing of Saaf Pani Com­pany for ef­fec­tive im­ple­men­ta­tion of the project. Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Saaf Pani Com­pany gave a brief­ing on dif­fer­ent mat­ters re­lat­ing to the project.

Pro­vin­cial Min­is­ter for Hous­ing Tan­vir As­lam Ma­lik, Chair­man Pun­jab Saaf Pani Com­pany Kashif Pad­hiar MPA, Chair­man Chief Min­is­ter Task­force on In­for­ma­tion & Cul­ture Muham­mad Maa­lik, En­gi­neer Qa­mar-ul-Is­lam MPA, Chair­man Plan­ning & De­vel­op­ment and con­cerned au­thor­i­ties at­tended the meet­ing whereas Sec­re­tary Hous­ing par­tic­i­pated in the meet­ing through video link from Com­mis­sioner Of­fice Mul­tan.

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