Re­vamp­ing of wa­ter, san­i­ta­tion sec­tor on cards

Pakistan Observer - - ECONOMY WATCH - STAFF RE­PORTER

LA­HORE—Con­sul­ta­tive ses­sion to dis­cuss re­vamp­ing/re­struc­tur­ing of wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion sec­tor was held on Fri­day here at P&D Com­plex. Mem­ber Pun­jab Plan­ning & De­vel­op­ment Board Agha Waqar Javed welcomed the par­tic­i­pants and gave them an over­view of the ses­sion. Ad­dress­ing the Ses­sion, Pun­jab Chair­man Plan­ning & De­vel­op­ment Muham­mad Ja­hanzeb Khan said that as per Drink­ing Wa­ter Pol­icy, “The gov­ern­ment, while rec­og­niz­ing that ac­cess to safe drink­ing wa­ter is the ba­sic hu­man right of ev­ery cit­i­zen and that it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the state to en­sure its pro­vi­sion to all ci­ti­zens, is com­mit­ted for ad­e­quate quan­tity of safe drink­ing wa­ter to the en­tire pop­u­la­tion at an af­ford­able cost and in an eq­ui­table, ef­fi­cient and sus­tain­able man­ner”.

He also said that a re­form unit will be made for WASA which will be ad­min­is­tered by Sec­re­tary HUD & PHE. A de­tailed pre­sen­ta­tion was made by Sec­re­tary HUD & PHED, Pun­jab on Func­tion­ing & Chal­lenges of WASA’s. Fol­low­ing that pre­sen­ta­tions were made by Abid Hus­sain on In­ter­na­tional Best Prac­tices & Pri­vate sec­tor per­spec­tive on po­ten­tial so­lu­tions of wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion sec­tor by Mu­jatba Ja­mal.

It was also dis­cussed that ac­cord­ing to the Pun­jab Growth Strat­egy, the Gov­ern­ment of the Pun­jab aim is to pro­vide clean drink­ing wa­ter and ad­e­quate San­i­ta­tion fa­cil­i­ties to the peo­ple. It is one of the pri­or­ity area as more than 50 per cent dis­eases are wa­ter borne dis­eases. Cur­rently, the ser­vice level of wa­ter util­i­ties in Pun­jab is not sat­is­fac­tory due to Poor Wa­ter Gov­er­nance & low in­sti­tu­tional ca­pac­ity, Rapid Pop­u­la­tion Growth & Cli­mate Change Ef­fects.

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