RAWALPINDI: A tender has been issued for hiring a consultant for Ghazi Barotha water supply project.
The project has the capacity to meet the water supply needs of the twin cities for the next 100 years.
The tender process for hiring consultants will be completed in three months, while foundation stone for the project will be laid in a ceremony marked in March 2020, officials told The Express Tribune.
A committee on Ghazi Barotha Project, consisting of elected public representatives, has also approved publication of the tender. The committee includes MNA Asad Umar, Parliamentary Secretary Sheikh Rashid Shafiq and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on CDA Ali Nawaz Awan.
Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed also confirmed that the tender for the Ghazi Barotha project has been issued. The Rs80 billion project is set to supply 200 million gallons per day (MGD) water to the twin cities. Out of this, 100MGD will go to Rawalpindi city and cantonment areas and 100MGD will to Islamabad. The first phase of the project will be completed in two years by 2022.
An 80-inch diameter pipeline of 60km will be laid from Ghazi Barotha Hydropower Plant to the confluence of the twin cities. Federal, Punjab governments have already approved the project while a formal MoU has also been signed in this regard between CDA and RDA.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 16th, 2019.