RAWALPINDI  - Hamza Shahbaz, PML-N MNA and chairman Punjab Chief Minister's Public Affairs Unit, has said that the government is initiating historic projects for prosperous future of new generations and best water conservation practices will be put in place.

Hamza stated this while inaugurating Rainwater Harvesting Programme at Murree on Friday. He said that water conservation demonstration system was going to be installed at 30 government buildings in Murree, which would later be expanded to other areas of the province. He said that the government was committed to implementing development-oriented programmes and mega projects were under way at a fast pace which would help mitigate the masses' sufferings.

Hamza also mentioned initiatives of construction of parking plazas, identification of places for new cable car systems and preservation of forests in Murree. He said that Rainwater Harvesting Programme was a viable and cost-effective programme to benefit the areas where water resources were very limited and the inhabitants were facing great hardships to meet their water requirements.

Hamza said that thousands of tourists visited Murree every year and despite heavy rains local population was victim of water shortage. He said that Rainwater Harvesting Programme initiative was in line with the objectives of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Climate Change Policy of the government aiming to save water resources and ensure water quality.

He said that all segments of society, including policymakers, would be made conversant with the technology and methods to utilise water resources efficiently. He said that Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) was providing technical assistance and expertise for successful implementation of Rainwater Harvesting Programme.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, federal minister for petroleum and natural resources, addressing on the occasion said that Rainwater Harvesting Programme would reduce pressure on water supply schemes and it was a remarkable initiative of ERRA.