Lahore, July 31, 2020 (PPI-OT): Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar chaired a meeting at his office to review the performance of the housing department. The CM approved to gradually expand the rainwater’s underground storage project in other districts so that stored water could be utilized for horticulture and drinking purposes after purification and directed the housing department to take steps in this regard. He said the underground storage tank facility at Lawrence Road is very useful as it can store 14 lakh gallon water for subsequent use.
The CM stated that a new sewerage line will be constructed from Larek Colony to Gulshan Ravi with an estimated cost of 14 billion rupees. Meanwhile, the government is also working on a surface water treatment plant in the provincial metropolis with a cost of around 21 billion rupees, he added. He said the business plan has been devised so that WASAs could operate according to new requirements. A horticulture academy will also be set up in Lahore to train the people about the intricate art of garden cultivation and management, he said.
He directed that construction of houses under the Naya Pakistan Housing Program should be started soon and the private sector will be provided with every necessary facility in this regard. He added that provision of clean drinking water projects under Aab Pak Authority be moved forward speedily as access to clean water is the fundamental right of every citizen. Around six billion rupees are earmarked for Aab Pak Authority so that citizens may remain safe from water-borne diseases, he said.
The housing department should complete its public welfare projects within a stipulated period, the CM added. Earlier, the housing secretary briefed that 420 water supply and sanitation schemes have been completed. Housing Minister Mian Mehmood ur Rashid, Vice Chairman LDA Sheikh Muhammad Imran, Chief Secretary, Chairman Provincial Taskforce for Affordable Housing Yaqoob Tahir Izhar, General Secretary (PTAH) Atif Ayub Meo and others attended the meeting.
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