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Completion of water supply project not in sight.

Byline: Aamir Yasin

RAWALPINDI -- The completion of the Khanpur Dam Water Supply Project Phase-III for the garrison city is not in sight this year too due to shortage of funds.

Work on the Rs880 million project started in 2010 but slow funding by the federal government delayed its completion. The project was supposed to be ready by Dec 2011.

A senior official of the Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) told Dawn that the civic body had completed almost 90pc work but the remaining task awaited the release of Rs60 million.

Release of Rs60m from federal govt still awaited to complete Khanpur Dam Water Supply Project Phase-III, official says

He said the civic body would request the new government to release the fund.

The federal government had allocated funds for the project under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2017-18.

He said the RCB had sent a proposal to the federal government through its parent department, Ministry of Defence, to enhance the allocation.

He said the civic body had already started water rationing in cantonment areas and more than 100 people had applied for disconnection of their supply connections as water was not available for them.

The Khanpur Dam water supply project was launched in 2001 and two phases amounting to Rs690 million were completed in 2005 to supply nine million gallon of water daily (MGD).

On April 8, 2006, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) approved the phase III. However, work on this phase started in December 2010 for laying 17 km-long supply line in the remaining 40pc cantonment area and constructing reservoirs.

'At present, 10 km supply line has been laid but water connections will not be given to the residents till the completion of the project,' said the official.

He said two overhead and three underground tanks had been completed with a storage capacity of 200,000 gallons of water each.

However, work to lay supply lines under the railway crossing was in progress.

The remaining work would be completed after receiving funds.

He said the construction cost would increase if the government released the funds in the next fiscal year.

'On the completion of Phase-III, the entire area of Rawalpindi and Chaklala cantonments will get 15 MGD instead of the current nine MGD,' he said. At present, six MGD water was extracted from tubewells which was not enough for the civilian population.

When contacted, RCB spokesman Qaisar Mehmood said the civic agency had sought financial assistance from the federal government to complete the project by the end of this year.

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Date:Aug 13, 2018
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