Islamabad - Mayor Islamabad and Chairman Capital Development Authority, Sheikh Anser Aziz has said that special funds have been released for Water Supply Wing to ensure sufficient supply of water to the residents of the federal capital during the upcoming summer season.

Presently, water related complaints from the residents of the city are being addressed through 17 water tankers; however, foreseeing increase in demand of water during the upcoming summer season, funds have been released for the necessary repair and maintenance work on 10 water tankers, he said. Furthermore, 3600 feet of water pipe has been purchased for water tankers, while new water pipes have been installed in 28 water tankers.

The Mayor said that Water Supply Wing possesses a fleet of 34 water tankers and added that MCI is utilizing its own resources to carry out repair and maintenance work of the water tankers from Machinery Pool Organization, MCI. He said that rest of the water tankers would be functional after necessary repair and maintenance work from MPO Directorate. He said that the main water supply line of 36 inches has been repaired at Quaid-e-Azam University point. Similarly, 10 inches of water supply pipeline has also been repaired to resolve the longstanding problem of the residents of Sector G-10. 

He said that water storage has not been increased in Simly Dam due to less rains, therefore, he directed the concerned formation to utilize the existing water storage with better management and take stern action against the illegal water connections. He said that Water Supply Wing has issued directions to Enforcement Directorate and Building Control Section for action against 25 illegally service stations operating in different sectors of the city including Sector G-9, G-8, G-7, I-10, G-10 and I-9. These illegal service stations are using the potable water for vehicle services. The Mayor said that these service stations have been served with notices several times, adding that it is now time to take action against them.

The Mayor said that the total water storage capacity of Simly Dam is 2315 acre feet but the existing water level is 2285 acre feet due to less rains. He said that 24 million gallon of water is being supplied to the residents of Islamabad from Simly Dam on daily basis, while 24 million gallon of water is being provided from tube wells and other resources on daily basis. He said that the existing water storage would be utilized through better strategy and management till the monsoon rain spells.

Meanwhile, the CDA officials have said that Sohan Interchange would be opened by next month while work on the Khanna Interchange is being completed at fast pace.

After that Islamabad Expressway will be made practically signal-free from Zero point to Koral Chowk. Initial planning of the second phase of Signal Free Corridor from Koral Chowk to Rawat has also been completed and tender for the construction work would be called in the next month. They said that the management of CDA is taking consolidated steps for timely completion of this project.