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Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has made clear that progress and beautification of the provincial metropolis was the top priority of his government.

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has made clear that progress and beautification of the provincial metropolis was the top priority of his government. There would be no compromise on timely and quality completion of the developmental schemes. He revealed that three mega drainages schemes costing Rs.400 million approximately were being completed that would improve the drainage and sewerage system considerably. All the rusted water pipes have been replaced and serious efforts were being made to make the drinking water in the city healthy and free of contamination. He strictly directed the concerned authorities to further improve the hygiene and water supply situation in the city. The concerned MPAs must be on board in the whole process. He was chairing a meeting about water supply and sanitation schemes in the provincial capital at CM House Peshawar that was also attended by Shaukat Ali Yousafzai, focal person Peshawar Mega projects, Mian Khaleeq-urRehman Advisor to CM on Planning & Development, Secretary LG&RD, high ups of WSSP, MSP and other municipal bodies. The authorities concerned apprised the Chief Minister of the advancements in the new and ongoing developmental schemes. Pervez Khattak while taking notice of delay in early completion of hygiene and water supply schemes in certain parts of the city asked the secretary local government to visit and inspect these schemes and ensure its completion by himself. Similarly he asked for awarding severe punishment to the contractors who did not meet the deadline of project completions and hence to find them heavily in order to avoid their delay tactics in future and ensure early redressal of public complaints in this regard. The Chief Minister was told that though the drainage system was becoming acute issue in Peshawar in the past due to ill planning of the previous regimes but vivid improvement was being recorded in the sewerage and hygiene situation in the city due to concrete steps of the provincial government. He was told that three main sewerage schemes were being completed in the city presently under which the old drains in streets and roads were being widened and covered to accommodate and drain the flood water of even the torrential rains. A total of Rs. 375 million were being spent on drainage schemes whereas Rs. 100 million were allocated only for important sewerage points including Gulbahar and Nishterabad. He was further told that three mega drainage schemes at Gulbahar Anum Sanam Chowk, Nishter Abad Chowk and Budhani would dramatically solve the sewerage problem that would be completed in next two or three months in all respect. The Chief Minister was further told that almost all old water supply pipes have been replaced in the city whereas arrangements have also been made to replace any rusted pipe anywhere in the province within 24 hours on receipt of public complaints. Similarly effectives steps have also been take to make drinking water of 580 tube wells of the city hygienic and free of germs wherein 134 faulty tube wells have been handed over to MSP for complete rehabilitation. Under this rehabilitation program costing Rs.330 million, the drinking water of the tube wells would be tested for quality and the complaints of sands and other contaminations would be removed. Similarly besides installation of submersibles, voltmeters, water tanks, pump houses and other latest machinery, electric wiring and fans for tube well operator would also be provided for the best output. Likewise, deficiency of staff would also be removed in the tube wells. Chief Minister was further told that contractors have been made bound to repair and operate faulty tube wells within 24 hours deadline failing which they are fined Rs. 1000 per hour. Similarly all the record of municipal services, public complaints and its redressal was maintained and archived due to the latest system. The water leakage complaint was also removed within hours of its receipts whereas the time of tube well operation was extended accordingly in case of load-shedding. Contract of collective and disposal of the millions tons of solid waste and converting it into useful items was also in last stages of negotiations with companies. Pervez Khattak directed the authorities to work round the clock for making the municipal services system in the city more comprehensive and satisfactory. He asked them to supervise the sanitary staff by themselves so that more improvement could be seen in these services with passage of time. <><><><><><><><>