Water supply to Rawalpindi from Khanpur Dam restored

RAWALPINDI: Water supply has been restored to Water and Sanitation Agency, Rawalpindi and the Rawalpindi and Chaklala Cantonment boards as Khanpur Dam canal desilting project started Feb 1st has been completed.

The RCB spokesman Qaiser Mahmood said that water supply from Khanpur dam had been partially, which, he said, would be fully restored up to Feb 18. He urged the residents to use water judiciously to avoid shortage during these days.

The water supply from Khanpur Dam to Rawalpindi city and the cantonment areas was reduced due to the project for desilting the Khanpur Dam canal.

The spokesman said that decrease in water supply had created problems for the board which was already getting less than the sanctioned quota of water from Khanpur Dam. He said that the board was trying to meet water demand through tube wells.

The board supplies water from Khanpur Dam to Chor, Masrial Road, Peoples Colony, Tench Bhatta, Kiani Road, Dhok Chaudharian, Afshan Colony and other areas where the residents had made complaints about the short supply of water. The RCB had to supply water through water tanks, he said, adding that water from tube wells was being supplied to colonies by running them over time.-APP

‘Efforts underway for regularising FDE daily-wage staffers’

ISLAMABAD: The government has spent Rs3 billion for upgrading schools in the capital and efforts are underway to regularise services of daily wages employees, Minister for Capital Administration and Development Division Tariq Fazal Chaudhry said on Wednesday while responding to questions in Senate.

The minister said that Islamabad government schools would be made role model for others under the Prime Minister Education Reform Programme. He said that Rs3 billion had been invested on new buses, up-gradation of labs, provision of drinking water, furniture and other facilities. He said that the government was trying to regularise the services of daily wages employees..-APP

“It is amongst our top priority to regularise their services as Leader of the House has also directed me for the same in the light of decisions made by courts in their favour,” he maintained.

The minister said that strict promotion policy was being adopted in educational institutions, which, he said, was directly linked to their performance.

To a question about fees of private schools, the minister said that there had been variation in fees of private schools at different levels. He said that decision had been reserved by Islamabad High Court regarding the fee issue of private educational institutions and the Upper House would be taken into confidence while taking any further decision on the issue.

Tariq Fazal said that a policy was being formulated regarding the various issues of private schools.