PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has directed the officials concerned to plan long-term and effective strategy to address drainage issues and ensure smooth supply of clean drinking water and beautification of the provincial capital on a priority basis.
Chairing a meeting on Peshawar’s drainage system, Mr Mahmood directed the capital’s commissioner to come up with a comprehensive plan for the resolution of issues in consultation with the Peshawar Development Authority and WSSP next month and said the required funds would be allocated for its implementation, said a statement issued here.
The chief minister was informed that the construction of drains for resolution of standing water in Suri Pul area would begin next month for which the PC-I had been finalised.
Promises residents clean and healthy environment
The officials said the project would be completed at an estimated cost of Rs71 million.
They said the city’s drainage system had been incapacitated due to which water stood on roads during rains inconveniencing people.
The officials briefed the chief minister about the areas affected by standing rainwater, dirt, and unavailability of clean drinking water.
They said seven kilometers long drain was under construction from Gulbahar to Pakha Ghulam at an estimated cost of Rs420 million.
The chief minister directed the Peshawar commissioner to identify divergence points for water drainage at necessary places along the seven kilometers long drain to ensure permanent solution to the longstanding issue.
He was informed that 40 tubewells had been rehabilitated in Peshawar, while the quality of water at source conformed to the acceptable standards. However, the quality of water at destinations changes due to worn-out pipelines.
The officials said to address the issue, the WSSP Peshawar had carried out the rehabilitation of water pipelines in 43 union councils of the capital.
They said 8,000 meters pipelines had been rehabilitated, while work on the remaining was under way.
The chief minister said the government was committed to taking all necessary measures to make Peshawar a model provincial capital by ensuring a clean and healthy environment for its residents.