Peshawar: The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has evolved a strategy under which potable water will be provided at affordable prices to the people throughout Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province within next ten years.
In this respect, a high level meeting of Public Health Engineering Department was held at Civil Secretariat, Peshawar, on Wednesday. The meeting chaired by Shah Farman, Minister for Public Health Engineering KP discussed in detail ways and means to implement the strategy.
It was the second consecutive meeting of its kind which was also attended by Secretary Public Health Engineering, XENs, Chief Engineers, and Superintending Engineers from all over the province.
Shah Farman said that predominant source of drinking water in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was ground water, however, due to persistent withdrawal and dwindling re-charge process, the ground water is depleting rapidly at many places. It is high time to realize the situation and invest in future, he added. The Minister PHE maintained that the PTI government believed in investing in human development in order to restore human dignity.
He opined that the provision of potable water strategy concentrated on extending water services to the rural population and as per available data 21% of rural areas still lacked access to improved source of water. While more than 90 % urban population have access to potable water.
The provincial cabinet, he added, has already approved the Drinking Water Policy 2015 in its meeting in August 2015 under which potable water has been recognized as a basic human right and now it was the responsibility of the PHE department to ensure its implementation.
He said that the department has already been directed to provide detail lists of potable water schemes by December 3, 2015. He said that he will personally inspect each and every drinking water facility throughout Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and ensure that these are fully functional in minimum possible time.