CDA to run water tube wells on solar energy, says Farkhand

ISLAMABAD – Stricken by prolonged power outages, the Capital Development Authority has finally decided to convert all of its water tube wells to solar energy to ensure uninterrupted water supply to residents, said Chairman Engineer Farkhand Iqbal Saturday.

“The first tube well would be switched to solar energy by next month’ however all 134 tube wells would go on solar within four months,” the chairman said talking to traders during his visit to Karachi Company (G-9 Markaz), the biggest commercial centre of Islamabad.

He said water shortage has mainly been reasoned by the power outages that renders the tube wells dysfunctional as sufficient water was available in both Simly and Khanpur Dams. He said once these tube wells go on solar, these would be in no need of electricity and the citizens would get uninterrupted water supply through this network.

The CDA chief said the Authority currently supplies around 68 million gallons of water per day that would be augmented once the CDA’s dilapidated water supply network is repaired that causes wastage of around 30 to 40 percent of supplied water.

However, he said as long-term solution, a water pipeline is being conducted from Ghazi Barotha waterworks to cope with city’s water needs for next 50 years and Chinese company would kick of work in September this year.

In response to traders’ complaints, the CDA chairman ordered the installation of a water filtration plant and removal of encroachments from the market. Farkhand Iqbal directed the Enforcement Directorate to cleanse the area of all encroachments to facilitate the shoppers by providing free passage that would also help enrich commercial activity there.

He criticised the directorate for not containing the activities of car showrooms those have even grabbed the roads and nearby footpaths to park their vehicles for sale and purchase. “No showroom should be allowed to use more than one lane of the road with no permission of using footpaths,” said the chairman directing the Enforcement Directorate to confiscate vehicle encroaching the road or footpaths. The CDA chief also directed for bringing to an end the non- conforming use of the area as it was in violation of the CDA bylaws.