New Wasa MD unveils plans for improving water supply, sewerage system

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Rawalpindi  The newly-appointed managing director of Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa), Mohammad Akbar Soban, Thursday unveiled his plans to improve the overall condition of water supply system of the city, generate revenue and protect people living along Nullah Leh from dangers of flood.


Talking to ‘The News’ here on Thursday, the Wasa MD said that as per new plan for dredging of the Nullah Leh, Rawalpindi has been divided into four sectors. “The plan has been submitted to the secretary Public Health Engineering and Housing and Urban Development besides District Municipal Agency (DMA). The steps adopted for dredging of Nullah Leh would be enforced in two phases,” he said adding that under the first phase, work on improvement and cleaning of sewerage pipelines have been initiated and work on this phase will be completed in one month.


Similarly, in the next phase, Mohammad Akbar Soban said that Wasa would dredge Nullah Leh, which would be done from New Katarian to High Court channels at an estimated cost of Rs6 million.


He said that entire amount on Nullah Leh dredging is being spent on self-generated basis by Wasa without getting any kind of fund from the provincial government. “Even in previous year, Wasa had spent Rs5 million from its own kitty for Nullah Leh dredging, which prevented floods in the Nullah Leh,” he claimed.


Unveiling another plan the Wasa MD said that a Pilot Area Consumer Survey will soon be launched and a special Revenue Staff team has been constituted for this purpose.


The Wasa MD said that the Revenue Staff team would visit each and every house in its jurisdiction to ascertain the position of water and sewerage connections.


He said the main objective behind visiting the consumers in every locality of Rawalpindi is to ascertain the validity of legal and illegal connections, confirm the category and upgradation of connections and to improve the record or database of Wasa.


“The pilot consumer survey would not only benefit the people at large in addressing their complaints on spot, but would also help Wasa in detecting illegal connections and forcing consumers to regularise them,” Soban added.


Akram Soban also recalled a similar kind of survey was conducted in 2007 during which the agency detected illegal connections which were thousands in number. “On the completion of the previous survey, Wasa directed all the illegal connections holders to regularise them. Wasa disconnected the illegal connection of the people who failed to abide by the orders,” he added. However, they later on approached the agency and managed to get their connections regularised.


“As a part of our recent pilot survey, the specially constituted team has started the work in Khayaban-e-Sir Syed, which would be followed on regular basis in other localities of Rawalpindi city,” he added.


Managing Director advised to the consumers to extend their cooperation to the survey staff, which would enable them to get their leaked pipelines of water and sewerage repaired. The consumers could also inform the survey staff about the related problems of water and sewerage in their localities with the survey team. Measures would be taken to redress all their grievances.


Wasa would be able to generate handsome revenue with the pilot survey and it would also help Wasa to make corrections in the system of wrong billings, Akbar Soban said.

Courtesy:  The News

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