17 environment projects to be launched
ISLAMABAD: The Environment Ministry has chalked out a comprehensive five-year plan and will start 17 new programmes to provide clean drinking water and sanitation facilities at a cost of Rs 2724 million, sources say.
Emphasis would be laid on providing water supply and sanitation to villages having a population in excess of 100 households. The project will be started with the help of provincial and district governments.
The programmes comprise clean drinking initiative, monitoring of surface water resources, national rivers pollution programme phase-I, industrial and domestic water conservation, implementation of the master plan for treatment of urban wastewater phase-I, communication programme for attitudinal change in water/sanitation, improvement of sanitation in slums, promotion of public toilets, survey and setting up of common effluent treatment plants (CETP), Rawal lake clean up, national lakes protection and conservation, establishment of five water surveillance centers across the country, school hygiene programme, water/sanitation for rural areas, up gradation of CETP at Kasur to comply with NEQS and the National Arsenic Mitigation Project. online