”Saaf Aab”: Government establishes authority for clean drinking water in Rawalpindi
WASA chairman alleges that the situation has been static for the last 20 years and no work has been done by past governments.
Punjab government has established SAA (Saaf Aab Authority) for quality control and provision of safe, clean drinking water in Rawalpindi. The authority will be responsible for taking effective measures at the grass-root level to make this initiative as effective and beneficial for the citizens as possible.
Saifullah Dogar, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Rawalpindi, chaired the first SAA meeting this Saturday, where the further roadmap on the initiative was discussed. To review and keep a track of the progress of the working body, a committee has been formed. It will comprise federal and provincial lawmakers and stakeholders.
With this initiative, the provincial government aims to repair old water supplies and also install new lines. DC Rawalpindi is hopeful that not only will the initiative be helpful in providing safe, clean drinking water, it will also help with the issue of water shortage in the district.
In the last years, the issue of water shortage has increased to an alarming level in the city. The authorities have received multiple complaints. The experts, however, are of the view that the city’s underground water reserves are depleting rapidly. To tackle the crisis, the Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) previously recommended to not install any more tube wells in the city.
WASA chairman alleges that the situation has been static for the last 20 years and no work has been done by past governments. He said while huge money was spent on projects like metro, necessity like water was neglected.
”Huge amount worth Rs72 billion was spent only on this project while the governments did not take any step to launch water schemes in Rawalpindi which was more important than launching the Metro Bus project,” he said.
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