Taking serious notice of public complaints regarding sewerage issues, the Commissioner Multan division Capt (r) Assad Ullah Khan declared incomplete Wasa projects the major reason for the sewerage issues and directed Wasa officials to evolve a master plan of Multan and send him a detailed request for funds required to accomplish incomplete projects.

Chairing a meeting held here to review a briefing on sewerage issues on Friday, the Commissioner said that billions of rupees were spent on laying sewerage lines but these lines were not connected to main disposal as a result of which people faced severe sewerage problems. He declared that request would be made to the provincial government for release of funds on upcoming visit of Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif. He said that the impression that the sewerage issues took place because of Metro project was wrong. He directed the WASA authorities to shift their offices from Qila Qasim Bagh. He pointed out that the disposal stations at Chungi No-9 and Kiri Jumandan caused pollution in the city area and planning should be made to shift them.

While briefing the Commissioner, Wasa Managing Director Waseem Bajwa said that 10 mega sewerage projects were launched during previous regime with the financial assistance from Federal Government and these projects were still incomplete due to non-availability of funds. He disclosed that Rs820 million was needed to complete the projects of Package-1 and Rs600 million for Package-11. He further disclosed that another Rs14 billion was needed to construct a sludge carrier and water treatment centre to dispose sewerage water of nine disposal stations including Jahangirabad, Vehari Road, New Shah Shamas Colony, Old Shujabad Road and Manzoorabad into Chenab River.