The City District government (CDG) has successfully created all the required institutions to overcome problems being faced by Faisalabad in addition to striving hard to transform it into a dynamic, scientifically planned and vibrant city fully capable of catering to the future needs of the coming generations.
Addressing the business community in Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) here on Friday, District Coordination Officer (DCO) Salman Ghani said the provincial government had taken elaborate steps to upgrade Faisalabad from a big slum to a modern city of international standards.
Commenting on the water supply, he said that subsoil water of Faisalabad was brackish. “It needs 160 million gallon per day sweet potable water,” he said.
He said that a French project had been launched to add 15 million gallons water, and in this connection, arrangements had been made in Jhal Khanuanna old waterworks. Hopefully, he said, it would start supplying water in January next month. Similarly, planning was under way to supply 25 million gallon potable water during the next two years, he added.
He said that Faisalabad was the only district where Punjab government would supply potable water throughout its rural areas. He said that international tendering for this project had been completed. “Bids have also been received and hopefully this project will be completed during the next one and half years,” he added.
About newly created institutions, he said that Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA), Faisalabad Waste Management Company (FWMC) and Faisalabad Parking Company were in their infancy. “With maturity in their operation, a positive improvement is expected in the overall development and face-lifting of Faisalabad,” he added.
Regarding environment related issues, the DCO appreciated the cooperation of industrialists and hoped that during the winter season, they would use coal and wood as an alternate of fuel instead of burning hazards rubber and cloth rags, etc, he said.
Responding to a question about arms licenses for FCCI, he said that federal government had banned the issuance of new arms license; however, he had moved the FCCI case to the provincial home secretary with a full recommendation.
About the reconstruction of 22 kilometre Khurianwala-Jaranwala road, the DCO said the government had allocated Rs 180 million for the 3.75-kilometre length of this road. He said that in the first phase, 2.25-kilometre portion would be upgraded along with side drains.