Asad Umar reviews the progress on the rainwater harvesting project


Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives Asad Umar chaired a review meeting on Water Issues of the ICT region and the development of the 10th Avenue project here in Islamabad on Thursday.

The meeting was attended by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on CDA Ali Nawaz Awan, MNA Raja Khurram Nawaz, Chairman PCRWR, and other senior officials and departments representatives.

The meeting was informed that the alignment of 10th Avenue Phase I from IJP road to Margalla road contains two packages. Package one is from IJP to Srinagar highway which includes 8 bridges, underpasses, and flyovers.

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While package-II includes Srinagar Highway Interchange and connections with G-9/G-10 sectors. The meeting was also informed that the tender of the 10th Avenue shall be floated by mid-November 2021.

Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar directed in the meeting that the project must be completed within 21 months, both packages must be initiated simultaneously and most importantly this project must be launched by end of November.

He further added that the 10th Avenue is a major initiative of the present government for the citizens of Islamabad especially for the residents of I-10 and I-9 who will have direct access to IJP Principle Road and the Srinagar highway road.

Mr. Asad Umar also reviewed the progress on the rainwater harvesting project being implemented by CDA in collaboration with PCRWR. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Chairman-PCRWR and Member, CDA briefed the chair that the drilling work on 25 sites has been started, and by December 2021 a total of 50 sites for grand water recharge wells would have been developed, and under this initiative, the CDA will develop more than 100 recharge wells.

Housing Authority representatives also informed the meeting that they are working on 25 recharge wells for their Sector G-13. Asad Umar directed them to start work on the rest of the housing sector as well and come up with a comprehensive plan to finalize it at the next meeting.

Mr. Asad Umar appreciated the technical expertise extended by PCRWR and directed CDA and Housing Authority to speed up the work as well as ensure the completion of all the sites by June 2022.

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