CM expresses resolve for provision of potable water


LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Monday said that all-out efforts will be made and resources utilised to ensure the provision of clean drinking water to each and every citizen of the province.

Addressing a special meeting held at his office to review the water authority act, the chief minister said that provision of clean water in urban areas through pipe water scheme will be reviewed.

“However, all citizen and departments will have to play their proactive role for the protection of water resources,” he added. He disclosed that a comprehensive law will be introduced to deal with water-related issues in Punjab as there is a need to regulate the use of canal water and underground water reservoirs.

“The establishment of a water resource commission and water services regulatory authority is being reviewed under the water authority act,” the chief minister said and directed that consultation with the partners concerned should be ensured to give a final shape to the water act.

Buzdar also said that a system was being devised to permanently monitor the performance of agencies responsible for provision and drainage of water.

Punjab chief secretary, P&D chairman, secretaries of housing, law, finance and local government as well as community development departments attended the meeting.