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Environment ministry to launch 17 new projects worth Rs2724 m

10 July, 2005

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ISLAMABAD, July 11 (Online): The Ministry of Environment has chalked out a comprehensive five-year plan and will start 17 new programmes to provide clean drinking water and the facilities of sanitation to the tune of Rs2724 million.

Sources told Online that the water supply systems and sanitation coverage increased from 65 percent in 2005 to 80 percent in 2010.

They said that a particular emphasis would be rural water supply and sanitation, with full coverage of all villages having population in excess of 100 households during the five years.

They said that the ministry would start these programmes with the help of provincial and local governments.

They said that the programmes comprises Clean Drinking Initiative, Monitoring of Surface Water Resources, National Rivers Pollution Programme Phase-I, Industrial and Domestic Water Conservation Project, Implementation of the Master Plan for Treatment of Urban Wastewater Phase-I, Communication Programme for attitudinal change in water/sanitation, improvement of sanitation in slums, promotion of public toilets, Survey and Setting up of Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETP) for SMEs, Rawal lake Clean up Project, National Lakes's protection and Conservation programme, Establishment of five water surveillance centers in the country, School Hygiene Programme, Water/Sanitation programme for rural areas, Up gradation of CETP at Kasur to comply with NEQS and National Arsenic Mitigation Project.

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