Lahore:Punjab Government has decided to clean up overhead reservoirs and make them functional for constant supply of drinking water to the people. Notice has been taken on the closure of 1343 redundant water supply schemes worth millions of rupees, throughout the province and the same would be made operational on priority basis. Concerned DCOs and Members Punjab Assembly have been asked to submit budgetary proposal for restoration of such water schemes so that the amount may be allocated in the upcoming annual budget. It was decided in a meeting of CM Committee for the Restoration of Water Supply and Sewerage Schemes, chaired by Ch. Abdul Ghafoor, Punjab Minister for Planning & Development.
“We can’t provide drinking water through direct pumping system uninterruptedly due to unscheduled and worst spell of load-shedding imposed by the Federal Government and people have to face a lot due to non-availability of water alongwith power outage so we have decided to go for overhead reservoirs, already constructed for the same purpose”, said Ch Abdul Ghafoor. Necessary directions to the concerned TMAs and officials of Public Health Engineering Department have been passed on for prompt action. Taking notice of the closure of 1343 water supply schemes worth million of rupees, throughout the province, Ch Abdul Ghafoor decided to restore the same on priority basis. He asked the concerned DCOs and MPAs to submit their proposals to make them functional and estimates of expenditure so that the amount may be allocated during next annual budget. Members Punjab Assembly Sher Ali Khan & Mian Tariq Mahmood, Additional Chief Secretary and Secretary Housing Sohail Amir, Secretary Environment Saeed Iqbal Wahla, Additional Secretary Local Government Raja Jahangir, DCO Bhakar and officers of Finance and P & D Departments also attended the meeting