ISLAMABAD – So what, if you are not receiving water supply at your residence, nothing to worry about, go to Zero Point Interchange and you would find the same in adequacy from a broken pipeline gushing water out of it.
One can see the people of the surrounding gathered there around the pipeline to enjoy bath and beat the heat but unfortunately the water shot rising from the pipeline some five to six feet above, it yet invisible to the CDA high ups.
Even the problem remained out of their vision when almost all of the CDA high ups gathered at Zero Point Interchange to attend the groundbreaking of widening of Kashmir Highway, just some meters away from the damaged pipeline.
Since last few months, the federal capital had been in grip of severe water shortage and the CDA had been under immense pressure to address the complaints the number of which has surged to around 1500 a day.
Now under revised by laws, the CDA is imposing fine on those found using water non-judiciously but how can an organisation fine any one when it is proved as major violator of its own bylaws.
As the whole of city’s water supply system is underground, it is an uphill task for the relevant formation of the CDA to detect as where the water leaks from because the whole water supply system is in shambles.
In fact as per Master Plan of Islamabad, the city’s water system was to be upgraded after each decade in accordance with the needs of growing population but unfortunately, the city fathers failed to do so.
Neither they have upgraded the supply system nor they could build more water reservoirs as live capacity of both Simply and Khanpur Dam is on decrease as their expiry date reaches closer.
According to the official statistics, out of 65 MGD supplied from both water reservoirs, around 30 MGD goes to waste that equals water quantity of Simly Dam owing to broken water pipelines.
Both these reservoirs have the capacity to supply 65 MGD, making a shortfall of around 85 MGD.
A senior CDA official said the authority has forwarded a PC-I of Rs 11 billion of the project to Planning Commission to arrange funding for replacement and rehabilitation of outdated water supply network.
Various local and international firms are interested to execute the project but owing to funds scarcity, the CDA cannot afford this mega project and it is trying to hammer out a deal with any foreign agency to seek funding.
“If it is signed, it would help save around 50 percent of water being wasted from rusty and broken pipelines,” he claimed.
Under the much-delayed plan, old and rusty pipelines, laid down four decades ago, would be replaced with the help of trenchless technology that is quite popular in many developed countries.