*Meeting on Bulk Water Supply project from Tarbela*


Islamabad: Federal Minister for Planning Development and Special Initiatives, Asad Umar chaired a review meeting on Bulk Water Supply project from Tarbela to Islamabad and Rawalpindi here in Islamabad on Wednesday. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on CDA Ali Nawaz Awan, Pak Army Engineer in Chief Lt. Gen. Moazzam Ejaz, DG FWO Major General Kamal Azfar, Chairman CDA, CEO Public-Private Partnership Authority, and senior officials attended the meeting.

It was informed in the meeting that the supply of clean drinking water from Tarbela Dam to Islamabad and Rawalpindi would be made possible through a 44 km-long pipeline. The twin cities currently have a daily water demand of 440 million gallons; whereas the present water supply from all sources is 220 million gallons. The project will initially provide an additional 200 million gallons of water to the citizens of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, which will be gradually increased to 650 million Gallons. It was further informed that the project would be completed on Public-Private Partnership mode but the cost of acquiring the land would be borne by the Federal Government and the Punjab government on a 50:50 sharing basis.

To complete the project on a faster track, the services of Engineer-in-Chief of FWO and ENC Pakistan Army will be obtained. In addition, the meeting gave two and a half years to complete the project so that the Water problem of twin cities is addressed.

Federal Minister Asad Omar said that the twin cities have always been facing problems of clean drinking water and with the completion of this project, the federal capital Islamabad will not face water shortage for the next 25 to 30 years. The Federal Minister directed the CDA authorities to start work on the project as soon as possible and complete it on time.