US to provide funds for replacement of 187 water pumps in Islamabad

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English: McDonald’s family restaurant at the corner section of F-9 or Fatima Jinnah Park in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ISLAMABAD, (SANA): The US will fund replacement of one hundred and eighty seven CDA water pumps with more efficient models to save approximately two megawatts of electricity and improve water supply.

This initiative was launched by Country Director USAID Jonathan Conly and CDA Chairman Farkhand Iqbal at Fatima Jinnah Park in Islamabad on Tuesday.

Speaking on the occasion, Jonathan Conly said his organization has already helped more than two thousand six hundred farmers replace their water pumps and now this is the first project with a municipality. He hoped that municipalities across Pakistan will join these efforts.

The USAID Country Director said these pumps will not only reduce considerable consumption of power but also increase water supply for the residents of Islamabad. He said this project will also help saving 90 million rupees per year in the electricity bills for CDA.

The project is expected to save two megawatts of electricity for the national grid which is sufficient to power four thousand five hundred households.

CDA Chairman Farkhand Iqbal on the occasion said a number of projects are being worked out to facilitate the residents of Islamabad and make the capital a modern city. He said the government has signed an agreement with the Chinese government for the supply of 200 million gallons of water daily from the Indus River. He said a power house of 110 mega watt capacity is being considered to make the capital free of load-shedding.

Farkhand Iqbal said in order to provide better transportation facilities to the citizens, a feasibility study is being conducted. He said the feasibility study of railway line from I-9 to 9th avenue is also in the process which will help the people of the city to commute without hassle.