ABBOTTABAD: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government will ensure fool-proof security of the Korean engineers and other staff working on the proposed Greater Water Supply Scheme (GWSS) for Havelian. The scheme will be initiated at an approved cost of Rs1.5 billion.
Abbottabad Deputy Commissioner Amir Afaq gave this assurance to a delegation of Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) during a meeting held at the DC office on Monday.
KOICA Deputy Country Director Junho Choi headed the delegation to discuss progress and arrangements for the scheme.
Choi told the meeting that final feasibility study of GWSS will be submitted by September this year while completion of execution of the water supply scheme was expected by the end of next year.
The meeting was told that an amount of Rs450 million has been earmarked for transfer of land, construction of treatment plant , intake work , approach road, clear water reservoir and other utilities .The water delivery system from the source site at Rajoiya to Havelian City will cost Rs400.00 million while another Rs400 million have been estimated for distribution network.
“The gravity flow mechanism of GWSS devised by Korean engineers will help save fuel cost for pumping water,” DC Afaq said appreciating KOICA for offering its cooperation to the K-P government for providing safe and clean drinking water to Havelian city and suburbs.
Discussing feasibility of GWSS the deputy commissioner informed KOICA officials that presently a sizable population of Havelian’s urban and rural areas was facing shortage of drinking water amid demand of 1.7 million gallons per day (MGD). The shortfall will increase with expected demand of 2.26 MGD in the next 10 years with reciprocal rise in population. He also assured the district administration’s cooperation to provide land for the project.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 8th, 2019.
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