Feasibility study for raising water table to be finalised by year end

Minister for planning holds huddle over water resources in capital


APP July 28, 2021
PHOTO: Anadolu Agency

ISLAMABAD:

Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar on Tuesday said that a feasibility study of the project for raising the water table in the city would be finalised by end of the current year and this project would provide additional water supply to the citizens of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) before next summer.

Chairing a meeting to review the progress on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between Capital Development Authority (CDA) and Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) the minister appreciated the efforts of PCRWR regarding rainwater harvesting or groundwater recharge in ICT. Moreover, he emphasized setting up the field activities and completing a comprehensive water resource assessment in the entire ICT by December.

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Special Assistant to Prime Minister on CDA Ali Nawaz Awan, Chairman CDA Aamir Ali Ahmed, PCRWR chairman, Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafqaat, and senior officials of relevant departments attended the meeting.

PCRWR chairman informed that at the end of this year they will complete the feasibility study for identifying the flow of water and where it needs to be captured. It will also show the locations where ponds can be made for capturing water from streams in order to raise the underground water level.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 28th, 2021.

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