RAWALPINDI: The cash-strapped Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa) is likely to get a bailout package. The good news for employees waiting for salaries came during the visit of Provincial Minister for Housing Urban Development and Public Health Engineering Department Mehmoodur Rashid to Wasa office. In view of the financial crisis the agency was going through, Rashid asked Rawalpindi Development Authority Chairman Arif Abbasi to increase water charges of Wasa and improve recoveries. He noted that the tariff of RDA and Wasa has not been increased since 1998. “Prepare recommendations to increase the fee for transfer of properties and approval of maps and the tariff of Wasa,” he said asking RDA chief to send the proposals to the secretary housing. The provincial minister toured the RDA and Wasa offices on the invitation of Chairman Abbasi and Parks and Horticulture Authority Chairman Asif Mehmood. RDA Director Administration and Finance Rao Atif informed the minister about the legal and illegal housing societies and also the details of the earnings and expenditures of the authority.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 7th, 2018.