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Ahsan directs authorities to resolve water shortage in Gwadar

Islambad: Minister for Planning, Development and Reform (PD&R) Ahsan Iqbal has instructed relevant authorities to immediately solve the crises of potable water shortage in Gwadar. “Keeping in view the future expansion of Gwadar City, Port and planned industrialisation, all-out efforts must be ensured,” remarked minister PD&R while presiding a meeting at Planning Commission in Islamabad. The meeting was attended by officials from Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform, government of Baluchistan and Gwadar Development Authority.

Ahsan Iqbal directed that existing desalination plant at Karwat should be immediately made operational. He made it clear that uninterrupted power supply from different sources has to be ensured in order to run the plant on its full capacity.

He further asked authorities to speed up work on necessary facilities of fresh water treatment, water supply and distribution projects initiated under China Pakistan Economic Corridor.

“This project will not only resolve this issue permanently but would cater for the future growth” Ahsan Iqbal added.

Ahsan Iqbal emphasised that the hospital at Gwadar should be run in a professional manner to ensure maximum health services to the local population. “An effective business model must be devised to ensure smooth functioning of this health institute,” he added.

Earlier, Dr Sajjad Hussain, Director General, Gwadar Development Authority (GDA), informed the participants about the drought like situation in entire Makran belt which is mainly because of dry spell. PR

Published in The Balochistan Point on January 20, 2017

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