RAWALPINDI: As part of the initiative's Developing Resilient Environment and Advancing Municipal Services Phase-I, the Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) in Rawalpindi has opened bids for four water supply projects. The province government is obtaining a loan of $107 million from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to fund the implementation of these projects.
It is important to note that the federal government submitted the first financing request for these initiatives, which the caretaker administration accepted in January. Three of these initiatives concern water delivery, and the fourth examines Rawalpindi's groundwater resources. Additionally, the bidders, both domestic and foreign, are anticipated to submit their offers by November 1.
An international company will handle the construction of a water treatment facility at Chahan Dam, and local businesses will carry out the remaining projects. According to Tanveer Ahmed, the managing director of Wasa, funding from the ADB is anticipated in November, and after the tendering procedure is complete, work on these projects will start in January.
Extensive research will be done as part of the program to evaluate the availability of subsurface water, giving crucial information for sustainable groundwater management over the following ten years.