To strengthen Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) department's economic condition, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Aamir Khattak has directed WASA to make a plan for the outsourcing of its recovery system to ensure a 100% recovery target.
Presiding over a meeting on Tuesday with WASA and Mepco officials to resolve the issue of pending Mepco bills of Rs300 million, DC Khattak said that recovery from a third party would also bring transparency.
He maintained that WASA has been facing financial problems due to the slow pace of recovery.
“A 100% recovery of pending dues was the only option,” said the DC. “We have monthly expenses of over Rs120 million including salaries and other matters,” he added.
The deputy commissioner directed WASA officers to make arrangements for increasing tariffs. He asked Mepco officers to give one month's time to WASA for payment of pending dues.
He highlighted that there was a threat of urban flooding due to the recent spell of rain and lauded the arrangements of WASA during Muharram. He also urged them to continue the same spirit in the future.
Speaking on the occasion, Mepco Customer Services General Manager Ahsan Gilani said that the Mepco was facing pressure from the government regarding the recovery of pending dues.
The newly appointed WASA Managing Director Nasir Iqbal, Director WASA Malik Fareed, Revenue Additional Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Tayyab Khan and other concerned officers were also present in the meeting.
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