LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that a sum of Rs12 billion has been allocated in the first phase of Saaf Pani Project under which more than 1400 water filtration plants will be set up in various areas of Punjab.

While presiding over a meeting regarding Saaf Pani Project, here on Wednesday, he said that government has fixed the target of provision of potable water to every citizen of the province in the next four years.

The Chief Minister said in the first phase areas where underground water is substandard would be given priority. He said that arrangements should be made for operating water filtration plants with solar energy and the project should be implemented expeditiously and in a transparent manner.

He said that Punjab Saaf Pani Company should run on the model of Solar Power Company. He also issued instructions for finalising the regulatory model till the next meeting and said that mutual coordination between rural water supply schemes and Saaf Pani Project is of vital importance.

The Chief Minister also issued instructions for setting up of a committee headed by Provincial Minister for Housing and directed that it should submit recommendations regarding mutual coordination between rural water supply schemes and Saaf Pani Project.

He directed Punjab Information Technology Board to prepare a digital dashboard regarding water supply schemes so that authentic data could be available. The Chief Minister also set up a committee headed by Provincial Minister for Housing for fixing priorities with regard to installation of water filtration plants.