LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that Saaf Pani Project is being launched for providing potable water to the masses.

“Under this project, 2017 has been fixed as the target of provision of clean water to the majority of the population of Punjab,” the chief minister said while presiding over a meeting to review the progress on the project here on Friday.

“People have right over the resources of the province and Punjab government is returning their right by launching welfare schemes like Saaf Pani Project. Initially, 307 water filtration plants will be set up in Lahore, Kasur, Okara and Bahawalpur and its scope will be expanded to the whole province under a phased programme,” he stated.

The meeting also gave approval to conduct a third party audit of rural water supply schemes and conditional approval to restoration of closed water supply schemes in Barani and water-logged areas.

Addressing the meeting, Shahbaz Sharif said that Saaf Pani Project was of paramount importance and directly linked to public health. He gave approval to third party audit of rural water supply schemes and directed to complete the audit on war footing basis.

The CM said that community organisations should be made vibrant and active in connection with rural water supply scheme and their positive role should be ensured.

He directed the housing secretary to evolve a comprehensive plan for the restoration of rural water supply schemes. He also directed that geo tagging of all areas of Punjab regarding Saaf Pani Project should be carried out.

“The process of geo tagging will help assess potable water in every area of Punjab,” he maintained, adding that water facilitation centers would be set up and solar panels would also be installed for operating water filtration plants.