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