Senate panel suggests water outsourcing issue to Chinese firm to solve water crisis in Islamabad
Islamabad’s biggest issue of shortage of water finally came under discussion at Senate. When questioned about the water scarcity, the Senate committee was rather surprised than satisfied to hear the explanation by city officials.
Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation (IMC) informed the Senate’s Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat that rainwater and the reservoir at Simly Dam were the main sources of potable water for the residents of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) as well as model villages.
IMC has been providing only 56 million gallons of water per day (MGD) against the demand of 110 MGD, said IMC official Nasir Butt.
Senate Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat, Tuesday, took serious notice of non-provision of water in various sectors of Islamabad and the incoherence in different replies by the concerned officials of CDA and CADD.
During the course of briefing on the sector-wise allocation of quota for provision of water supply and shortage of water to all sectors including D-12, the committee was astonished to know that rain water was the lone source of water supply in different sectors of Islamabad for which Simli dam was the main reservoir.
At the Senate Standing Committee meeting Senator of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Azam Khan Swati said that, “Residents are charged development and other charges, but what is the use of this money if they cannot be provided water which is a basic necessity of life”.
Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation (IMC) official Nasir Butt while explaining the severe water shortage at the capital said, “There is 110 million water gallons of daily demand and we are providing only 56MGD. This gap is feared to further increase at the peak of summer in June”.
The IMC official further stated that rainwater and the reservoir at Simly Dam were the main sources of potable water for the residents of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) including model villages. Around 134 tube wells make up the third largest source of water for the capital, supplying 38 MGD of water.
To resolve the acute shortage of water in the capital, Senator Yousaf Badini, member of senate committee suggested that control of the city should be handed over to the Chinese to resolve the issue.
The committee’s chairman Senator Talha Mahmood expressed dissatisfaction over the officials’ reply and directed both CDA and CADD bodies to come up with proper answers to all questions in the next meeting scheduled to be held on 23rd May.