CDA disconnects water supply to Wasa, RCB from Khanpur Dam

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Rawalpindi: After a break of four months, Capital Development Authority (CDA) has once again disconnected water supply from Khanpur Dam to Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa) as well as Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) due to non-payment of bill by the CDA to Islamabad Electricity Supply Company (Iesco).

Some four months ago, same issue occurred as Iesco disconnected electricity supply of Khanpur Dam due to non-payment of outstanding bills by CDA. Even that time, CDA had adopted the same path of suspending water share from Khanpur Dam to civic bodies of Rawalpindi. However, the matter was resolved through talks and the electricity supply was restored and the CDA restored water share to Wasa and RCB from Khanpur Dam.

According to Wasa official spokesman, Assistant Director, Information, Mohammad Umar Farooq, the CDA has to clear outstanding amount of Rs200 million payable to Iesco. “Wasa pays its monthly instalment to CDA for electricity charges without any delay or break. Despite paying share of electricity charges of Khanpur, the CDA, which fails to pay the outstanding amount of utility bills, suspends water share to Wasa from Khanpur Dam,” he added.

As a result of this, on the directives of Wasa Managing Director Raja Shaukat Mahmood the agency would now provide water supply to the residents of Rawalpindi city through tube-wells and water tankers on round the clock basis.

Similarly, RCB Senior Cantonment Engineer Atiq ur Rahman also confirmed the suspension of water share to RCB by the CDA from Khanpur Dam. He also said that CDA has to clear outstanding bills of electricity worth Rs200 million to Iesco. However, the residents of Cantonment areas would not suffer due to water shortage problem because of necessary steps have been taken by the RCB, Atiq confirmed. He said that talks are underway with CDA for restoration of water share to RCB from Khanpur. This matter is likely to be resolved within next twenty-four hours, he stated.

“Moreover, RCB is also asking CDA to fully handover the charge of Khanpur Dam to it in order to handle this project more efficiently, which could also prevent such problems of disconnection of electricity, but we are not getting any positive response in this connection,” he added.

He said that work on third phase of Khanpur is underway and this project would be completed by June this year.The CDA official spokesman, Director Information Malik Shamim, also confirmed that Iesco has disconnected electricity supply of Khanpur Dam due to non-payment of outstanding bills by the CDA. He, however, expressed his unawareness about the figure of outstanding amount. “I would get information from the Water Directorate head and inform you,” he assured but never contacted this correspondent again to give the exact amount.However, despite repeated attempts to seek comments, CDA Director Water Department Zulfiqar Khan Jadoon did not attend the call.


Courtesy: The News


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