Plan afoot to supply water from Ghazi Barotha

Islamabad—State Minister for Capital Administration and Development Division (CAAD) Tariq Fazl Chaudhary Monday informed the National Assembly that a plan was afoot to supply water from Ghazi Barotha to Islamabad to meet water requirement of the federal capital for next 25 years.
Replying to a Calling Attention Notice raised by Asiya Naz Tanoli and Night Parveen Mir regarding sub-standard functioning and inadequate maintenance of water filtration plants installed in Islamabad resulting in spread of several diseases, the project would cost around Rs 60 to 70 billion.
Earlier, the project could not materialize due to objections of the provinces, he said, adding that now all reservation of the provinces except Sindh had been addressed.
He said that Sindh had also assured willingness on the project.
The minister said that currently major chuck of water requirement of the capital was being met through water supply from Simly and Khanpur dams.
He said that only one out of total 37 water filtration plants was out of order.
The Capital Development Authority had outsource the maintenance of these plants to a private company and it cost over Rs.16 million annually.
He said that the civic authority had its own water quality control cell at G-10 and another of Pakistan Council of Water Research which regularly check quality of water and if any complaint received, the CDA took action.—APP

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