Supply of surface water to contain fast ground water depletion stressed


Special Assistant to Chief Minister KP, Malik Mehr Elahi has stressed on the execution of Greater Water Supply Scheme for meeting the future needs of the provincial metropolis, Peshawar, while keeping in view fast groundwater depletion in the city.

“While realizing the upcoming drinking water crisis in Peshawar, it is need of the hour to fully concentrate on execution of Greater Water Supply Scheme which was approved in 2014 but could not get due attention with the passage of time,” he said while talking to APP here Sunday.

If we want to protect our coming generations from facing sever water scarcity, we have to launch an environment friendly surface water supply projects to meet the future needs, Malik stressed. The Greater Water Supply Scheme was introduced by Governor KP, Haji Ghulam during his tenure as Nazim Peshawar district, he recalled.

The project was aimed to supply drinking water from the ground water sources to Peshawar through laying of a pipeline. Owning to the depletion of groundwater, the KP government explored the option of surface water supply for residents of Peshawar. The Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) Peshawar engaged NESPAK to provide consultancy services for carrying out detailed feasibility study and detailed engineering design based on various water sources in the vicinity of Peshawar.

This study named as Greater Water Supply Scheme for Peshawar was submitted in November 2012.