LAHORE: Punjab Saaf Pani Company has floated tenders among 42 pre-qualified international bidders for award of 14 contracts worth US$1.15 billion to provide safe  and clean drinking water to over 23 million people in 7,496 villages of 10 districts with highly underground polluted water in the province.

Safe drinking water solutions (water filtration plants) are being installed in 35 priority tehsils in Kasur, Okara, Muzaffargarh, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rajanpur, Bahawalpur, Lodhran, Rahim Yar Khan, Sahiwal and Faisalabad districts in the first phase of Khadim-e-Punjab Saaf Pani Programme. The residents of these rural areas will start getting safe and clean drinking water by December 2017.

On Friday, Punjab Saaf Pani Company (PSPC), the executing agency of the programme, held an open forum with over 150 representatives of pre-qualified bidders from Australia, Austria, China, France, Iran, South Korea, Malaysia, Turkey and United Arab Emirates to address their queries about the award of contracts, underground water contamination reports, loadshedding data, security guarantees and operation & maintenance costs of the contracts.

Replying to queries by representatives of companies, CEO PSPC Waseem Ajmal said that law of land will be followed in letter and spirit to ensure timely and quality service delivery. “We hope due diligence is observed by contractors in the execution of clean drinking water solutions and stringent check and balanced will be ensured at all levels,” he maintained.–Staff Reporter