Published On: Tue, Sep 12th, 2017
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Finance minister Punjab urges to prepare master plan for next 2-3 decades

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Rawalpindi: Finance Minister Punjab, Ayesha Ghaus Pasha Monday called for preparing master plan of Rawalpindi for the next two or three decades.

Chairing a meeting here at Commissioner office to discuss approval of the 2017-18 budgets of RDA and WASA, she said groundwater level has dropped to below 650 feet in Rawalpindi therefore instead of digging new tube- wells, WASA should focus on the alternative sources of water supply to citizens.

Ayesha Ghaus said all necessary work for the launch of the Rs80 billion water supply scheme to Rawalpindi from the Ghazi Barotha Dam should be completed. She urged that speedy measures should be taken for the launch of the Rawalpindi ring road and Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) housing scheme.

Acting Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner Rawalpindi Talat Mehmood Gondal, Mayor Rawalpindi Sardar Naseen Ahmed Khan, Parliamentary Secretary and MPA Sarfraz Afzal, Chairman Rawalpindi Waste Management Company and MPA Raja Hanif Advocate, Vice Chairman WASA Ziaullah Shah, MPA Lubna Rehan and senior officers of concerning government departments also attended the meeting.

Punjab Finance Minister said opinions of WASA, WAPDA, Highways, and other concerning departments should be included in the TORs to be finalised for the Rawalpindi Master Plan. She said the master plan should not be made for the ad-hoc purposes while effective plan should be made keeping in view ground realities. She also ordered the constitution of a committee to review proposals for the master plan. She said all development authorities including Rawalpindi Development Authority should be self-reliant and should provide funding for the development schemes given by public representatives.

Mayor Rawalpindi Sardar Naseem said the plan for the Rawalpindi Ring road is necessary to meet traffic rush of fast growing city of Rawalpindi. He said the water level in Rawalpindi is falling rapidly therefore CM Punjab Shehbaz Sharif is taking personal interest in the implementation of Ghazi Brotha Dam water supply scheme to meet future water needs of Rawalpindi. The meeting also discussed schemes of WASA and RDA for the financial year 2017-18 in length.


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