Pun­jab govt for wa­ter, san­i­ta­tion ser­vice at par with int’l stan­dards

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

LA­HORE—The Pun­jab gov­ern­ment in­tends to stream­line its wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion ser­vice delivery to match in­ter­na­tional stan­dards and also to part­ner with the pri­vate sec­tor to get ben­e­fit from its prac­tices. Sec­re­tary Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment and Pub­lic Health En­gi­neer­ing De­vel­op­ment (HUD&PHED) Asim Iqbal said this dur­ing a con­sul­ta­tive ses­sion held here at P&D com­plex here on Fri­day to dis­cuss re­vamp­ing/re­struc­tur­ing of wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion sec­tor.

Mem­ber Pun­jab Plan­ning & De­vel­op­ment Board Agha Waqar Javed and other ex­perts in­clud­ing Abid Hus­sain and Mu­jtiba Ja­mal also spoke on the oc­ca­sion. They dis­cussed in­ter­na­tional best prac­tices and pri­vate sec­tor per­spec­tive on po­ten­tial so­lu­tions of wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion sec­tor.

The ses­sion was at­tended by Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tors’ of WASA from dif­fer­ent cities, econ­o­mists, JICA of­fi­cials, stake­hold­ers from bank­ing sec­tor and acad­mia. The sec­re­tary fur­ther said there was a need to ad­dress the is­sues es­pe­cially fo­cus­ing on poor wa­ter sup­ply and sew­er­age gov­er­nance and low in­sti­tu­tional ca­pac­ity of all wa­ter sup­ply or­ga­ni­za­tions re­sult­ing in poor and low ser­vice delivery stan­dards.

Ad­dress­ing the Ses­sion, Chair­man Pun­jab Plan­ning & De­vel­op­ment Muham­mad Ja­hanzeb Khan said that as per Drink­ing Wa­ter Pol­icy, the gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to pto­vide ad­e­quate quan­tity of safe drink­ing wa­ter to the en­tire pop­u­la­tion at an af­ford­able cost and in an eq­ui­table, ef­fi­cient and sus­tain­able man­ner.

Mean­while, it is re­ported that as many as 64 well-re­puted in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies, have ex­pressed their in­ter­est to ex­e­cute safe drink­ing wa­ter project for ru­ral ar­eas of the prov­ince. It was stated by Waseem Aj­mal Chaudhry, CEO Pun­jab Saaf Pani Com­pany (PSPC) in a state­ment is­sued here on Fri­day.

He said that renowned multi­na­tional com­pa­nies from Aus­tralia, Aus­tria, China, France, Iran, South Korea, Malaysia, Turkey and United Arab Emi­rates have sub­mit­ted their pro­pos­als for pre-qual­i­fi­ca­tion for 14 con­tracts worth US $ 1.15 bil­lion in first phase to im­ple­ment safe drink­ing wa­ter so­lu­tions (wa­ter fil­tra­tion plants) in 35 pri­or­ity tehsils of ten dis­tricts in Pun­jab.

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