PESHAWAR -- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mehmood Khan has directed the public health engineering department (PHED) to take steps for the solarisation of tubewells throughout the province to address the issue of low voltages which has rendered many water supply schemes useless.
Chairing a progress review meeting about the public health engineering department's development schemes, Mr Mahmood said a supplementary grant valuing Rs1 billion would be provided to the department on a priority basis to ensure the completion of 300 schemes by June 2020.
According to a statement issued here, the meeting was informed that 268 water supply schemes and 243 sanitation schemes were completed during the last year, while 14 existing and nine new tubewells were solarised.
A total of 67 water supply schemes were rehabilitated and Phase-I of sewerage scheme for Dera Ismail Khan city was completed, while work on Phase-II of sewerage scheme for DI Khan city and water supply schemes for Rehmandabad and Shakardara in Kohat is in progress.
The meeting was informed that solarisation had rehabilitated water supply schemes in Lakki Marwat and Dera Ismail Khan districts that were non-functional due to low-voltage.
A total of 600 water supply schemes were solarised to save Rs600 million and 18 megawatts electricity a year.
The meeting was informed that the water supply schemes in the province totalled 5,959 and they served 18.76 million people out of the total population of 26.64 million.
Regarding the merged districts annual development programme, 83 per cent of the released funds have been utilised, whereas master planning for the region is being made.