Clean water is the basic right of every citizen, says CM Shahbaz
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has said that availability of potable water is the basic right of every citizen and keeping in view this fact, Punjab government is implementing a big programme under which water filtration plants will be set up throughout the province.
He said that besides supply of drinking water, improvement of sewerage system, capacity-building of WASA and use of modern technology for waste water treatment is the need of the hour. He said that Punjab government wants to benefit from the experience and skill of a prominent Chinese company associated with water sector so that better facilities could become available to the masses. He expressed these views while addressing a meeting through video link at Civil Secretariat, Tuesday.
Senior officials of the Chinese company linked with water sector also participated in the meeting through video link. The officials of Chinese company expressed willingness in promoting cooperation with Punjab government for waste water treatment, supply of potable water, improvement of sewerage system and capacity- building of WASA. The Chinese company also assured to work speedily on various ongoing programmes of Provincial Irrigation Department.
Addressing the meeting, Shehbaz Sharif said that there is a need to benefit from modern technology for improvement in water supply and sewerage system, capacity-building of WASA and benefitting from modern technology for waste water treatment.
He said that supply of clean drinking water can help save the people from diseases caused by contaminated water. He said that a basis responsibility can be discharged through resolving this issue by the use of modern technology, therefore, the departments concerned should play an active role in this regard.
He said that supply of potable water to the citizens is a collective responsibility. Shehbaz Sharif further said that capacity-building of WASA and other concerned institutions in big cities is essential so that best facilities could be made available to the masses. He said that departments concerned will have to move forward in a professional manner.
The Chief Minister said that china is sincere and trusted friend of Pakistan and experience and expertise of China will be fully availed for the supply of drinking water, waste water treatment, improvement of sewerage system and capacity-building of WASA.