Aussie consulate shows interest in Wasa projects

Our Correspondent
Tuesday, Sep 27, 2022

LAHORE: Australian Consulate has expressed interest in several projects of Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa). An Australian delegation visited Wasa Head Office here on Monday and met with Managing Director Wasa Ghafran Ahmed and his team. Senior Wasa officials were also present at the occasion.

MD Wasa welcomed Australian First Secretary Development Ms Catherine and her delegation and briefed them about Wasa’s ongoing projects. The purpose of the meeting was to conduct a feasibility study on providing technical assistance in urban flood prevention and management, said MD Wasa while talking to media. The Australian Consulate had asked for proposals from all over Pakistan, in which Wasa Lahore's proposal was selected for the feasibility study, he revealed adding Australian Consulate will provide technical and financial support to Wasa Lahore for this feasibility study. The consultant of Australian Consulate will conduct this study with the help of Adam Smith International and MM Pakistan, MD Wasa said and maintained that Lahore will be the first city of Pakistan where a study will be done regarding Urban Flooding Management. MD Wasa said after the success of this project, this programme could be implemented in other cities like Karachi, Faisalabad and Rawalpindi.

Water treatment project: The first container surface water treatment project of Punjab Aab-e-Pak Authority has been completed. The first project of its kind in Pakistan was created on the instructions of the Punjab govt, said CEO Syed Zahid Aziz talking to the media. He said for the first time, under this project, canal water was made drinkable in Renala Khurd. He said the groundwater of the area was not usable due to salinity. According to WHO guidelines, drinking water supply has started, he said, adding 10,000 litres of canal water per hour can be purified from the project.