152 km pipeline laid to provide clean drinking water for Gwadar city

Syed Muhammad Qaseem:

Gwadar: 152-kilometer pipeline connected to two newly constructed dams i.e., Shadi Kor and Sod to provide clean drinking water for Gwadar city. “Uninterrupted water supply to people’s homes should be ensured”, Secretary Public Health Engineering (PHE) Saleh Baloch stated.

“The government is taking all possible steps to prevent water shortage and supply clean water to the people”, Mr. Baloch said. The provision of clean drinking water to people without discrimination is one of our top priorities, he added.

The Secretary PHE expressed these views while presiding over the review meeting regarding Gwadar ‘Ab-noshi’ projects. Deputy Commissioner Gwadar Izzat Nazir Baloch, Executive Engineer PHE Shakeel Ahmed Baloch, Chief Engineer Development Institute Gwadar Haji Syed Muhammad Baloch, SDO Health Engineering Engineer Shezar Amir and other officers were also present in the meeting.

Chief Engineer Syed Muhammad Baloch said that the water capacity of Shadi Kor Dam is 35-thousand-acre feet while the water capacity of Saud Dam is 46-thousand-acre feet of water. Ankara Dam has a capacity of 10,000 acre-feet of water, which provides an uninterrupted supply of 3 million gallons of water to the city every day.

While a new distribution line is being laid within the city, which is in the final stages of completion, while three underground water storage tanks are being constructed at three different locations in the city at a cost of 186.977 million rupees. Its total storage capacity is about sixty-three million gallons and a water storage of five million gallons of water has already been constructed at the site of the airport pumping station.

With the completion of all these projects, uninterrupted water supply will continue in the city. Shakeel Ahmed Baloch gave a detailed briefing to the Secretary Public Health Engineering regarding the projects of Ab-noshi in Gwadar city including Pasni and Ormara, Ganz and Pashkan. He said that China has given a grant of 2.213 billion rupees for the installation of 1.2 MGDD desalination plant.

Which will help in providing clean drinking water to the people while in Jewani, work is also being done on the water supply project from Ankara Core Dam and Sod dam at a cost of 97 crore rupees. With this project, the problem of clean drinking water supply will be solved forever after the completion of the water supply project by connecting Jewani city to Ankara Dam and Sod dam.

It has been informed in the meeting that the Department of PHE is implementing various projects in Gwadar in which 346 new water connections have been installed in the houses of Jin Faqir Colony, Naya Abad, and Shambe Ismail. While in this regard, more than 1078 applications were received from the residents of the area, which are being processed.

Pipelines are also being upgraded to provide uninterrupted supply of clean drinking water to the people while the Secretary PHE expressed his satisfaction over the Ab-noshi projects going on across the district.

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