Islamabad: On Thursday, Prime Minister Imran Khan directed the relevant authorities to develop a comprehensive wastewater treatment strategy to ensure the provision of clean water for urban populations and agricultural purposes.
In presiding over the meeting on the progress of the Ravi City and Central Business District project, the Prime Minister emphasized the need to install sewage treatment plants, especially in major cities.
The Prime Minister said that in cities like Lahore, the use of modern technology is very important to solve the water shortage problem of the growing population.
The meeting was attended by Finance Minister Shaukat Tareen, Special Assistant Dr Shahbaz Gill, Chairman Naya Pakistan Housing Authority Lt Gen (retd) Anwar Ali Haider, CEO Ravi Urban Development Authority Imran Amin, Vice Chairman Lahore Development Authority S.M. Imran Amin and senior officials.
The prime minister was informed that the development work at Sapphire Bay would be initiated soon after the finalization of the contract next week.
The process regarding approval of industrial zone will be completed by June to be followed by construction of the infrastructure.
The educational institutions including Iqra University, University of Management and Technology and ISC will set up their campuses in Ravi City. Also, Iqra University has shown interest in building a hospital besides its campus.
The meeting was also briefed on the transfer of three water plants by Water and Sanitation Authority (WASA) plants to Ravi City and the use of modern technology for wastewater treatment.
Participants also learned about the instructions issued by the Environmental Protection Bureau of the Judicial Water Commission to expedite the approval process for the Rawai City project.
It is emphasized that the jobs under the Ravi City project have reserved quotas for local people, and about 100,000 households will benefit from this opportunity. In addition, locals will receive medical treatment at a 50% discount.
The Central Business District project was informed that the auction process will begin in the first week of July 2021.
The Central Business District project has established a committee, which is negotiating with Nespak and Frontier Works Organization (FWO) to complete the design, and development work will begin next week.