LAHORE, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 16th August, 2016) : Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) needs more than 600,000 smart meters across the provincial capital to stop large-scale water theft and overcome huge financial deficit. Keeping in view the increasing financial loss of billions of rupees annually due to water theft, WASA has prepared a comprehensive strategy to instal efficient meters on commercial and domestic connections in phases.
Under this scheme, WASA has completed installation of 13,000 meters across the provincial capital during the first half of the current financial year. Sources in WASA told APP here Tuesday that the project needed a huge amount and the government would complete it in phases. Besides 13,000 meters in 2015, WASA also installed 40,000 meters during the last two years and the rest would be completed in coming years. An initial amount of Rs 300 million had been approved by the Punjab government recently, sources added.
WASA was excepting total receipts of Rs 18.77 billion in the financial year 2016-17, while it would spend Rs 18.84 billion including Rs 9.81 billion for development schemes. WASA will spend Rs 5.49 billion for ongoing development schemes. Preparation of a master plan for water supply, sewerage and drainage system for Lahore - PC-II would cost Rs 40 million. Replacement of outlived, deeper and inadequate water supply lines with HDPE pipes, (Gastro Phase-II), Lahore would be done with a sum of Rs 549.
655 million, while provision of sewerage system for UC- 117, 118 and 120 of Lahore would cost Rs 1,998.920 million. A project for energy saving in water supply system in Lahore (Energy saving through replacement of inefficient and outlived 105 tubewells in WASA, Lahore) would be accomplished with Rs 125 million. The establishment of SCADA system at tube-wells, disposal and lift stations will cost Rs 200 million, while laying of lateral and branch sewer in Shadipura, would cost Rs 100 million, the sources added.
Construction of PCC Nullah Mehtab Park UC-41, Lahore, would cost Rs 35.126 million. Changa Pani Programme (Phase-II) / Community participation programme will cost Rs 150 million. Laying of force-main from Bhogiwal Road disposal station, Chotta Ravi drain to Shalimar escape channel across Ring Road, would cost Rs 98.762 million. Improvement of water supply system in MA Johar Town and Tajpura Zones of Lahore through zoning/ isolation, installation of filtration plants and 100% metering would be executed at a cost of Rs 249.
323 million, while construction of RCC conduit sewer from Shaukat Khannum Hospital Chowk to Sattu Katla drain would cost Rs 210 million. Restoration of Original Cross Section (40 feet) of Sattu Katla drain from Ferozepur Road to Peco Road would be carried out with Rs 216.288 million. Sewerage system from Larechs Colony to Gulshan-e-Ravi will cost Rs 1,370.874 million. Laying of Sewer Line from Tikka Chowk to Shadiwal Chowk, Johar Town will be done with Rs 29.
695 million. Rehabilitation of drains (Birdwood Drain, Central Drain and Cantonment Drain from Multan Road to Babu Sabu) will cost Rs 118.368 million. WASA has planned to spend Rs 2.83 billion for executing new development schemes in the provincial metropolis. Installation of filtration plants on 105 tube-wells in the city will cost Rs 150 million. Replacement of 45 tubewells will be done at a total cost of Rs 650 million. A sum of Rs 500 million has been allocated for construction of a new storm-water drainage system from Haji Camp to River Ravi via Laxmi Chowk, McLeod Road, Nabha Road, Chauburji and Sham Nagar Lahore.
Installation of water filtration plant and re-boring of tubewell in Ittehad Colony, Gulberg, will cost Rs 20 million. Provision of clean drinking water, sewerage system, PCC and allied facilities in Ravi Road, Islampura and adjoining abadies will cost Rs 160 million. Provision of clean drinking water, sewerage system, PCC and allied facilities in Sheranwala Gate, Fazal Park and adjoining localities will also cost Rs 160 million, in Allama Iqbal Town, Canal Park and adjoining localities with Rs 160 million, in Shimla Pahari and adjoining localities with Rs 160 million, in Chohan Colony, Singhpura and adjoining localities with Rs 160 million, in Sabzazar and adjoining localities with Rs 160 million.
In Shahdara and adjoining localities with Rs 200 million, in Ganj Bazaar, Gulistan Colony and adjoining localities with Rs 250 million while PCC and drainage scheme in UC-117 Mansoora, will cost Rs 100 million.