LAHORE - As many as 12 globally-acclaimed companies having experience of implementing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) projects have pre-qualified to execute Khadim-e-Punjab Saaf Pani Programme in the first phase in rural areas of 35 tehsils of 10 districts of the province.

Internationally-renowned companies namely De Nora-SKAFS International (USA-Pakistan), Vinci and FZC (France), Hyundai (Korea), Sultan Mahmood& Company-ESER Contracting (Turkey-Pakistan), Beijing Enterprises, China Railway, China Gezhouba Group, China Aerospace Construction and AnuhiShui An Construction Group (China),Dam & Water Works Construction Co, SABIR MahabGhodss Consulting Engineering Co, AMCORP Engineering & Consulting (Iran-Pakistan) and Veolia Water Systems (United Arab Emirates) have pre-qualified for 14 contracts.

Punjab Saaf Pani Company (PSPC), had invited pre-qualification applications for award of 14 contracts worth US $1.15 billion in first phase to implement safe drinking water solutions (water filtration plants) in 35 priority tehsils of 10 districts of Muzaffargarh, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rajanpur, Bahawalpur, Lodhran, Rahim Yar Khan, Sahiwal, Faisalabad, Kasur and Okara.

More than 23 million rural people of 7,496 villages will have sustained access to safe and clean drinking water in the wake of execution of first phase of multi-billion dollar project.

Safe & clean drinking water supply project is a mega project costing approximately US$ 3000 million, which will cover 137 tehsils [20,000 villages] to provide basic necessity of life to over 50 million rural population in province of Punjab. This landmark programme will provide safe drinking water to every household within 0.5 km radius in a comprehensive, integrated and sustainable manner.

The project will benefit over 50 million people residing in rural and peri-urban areas of the Punjab province in next three years. So far, 80 water filtration plants have been installed in five tehsils of South Punjab including Minchanabad, Khanpur, Hasilpur, Dunyapur and Lodhran to provide safe drinking water to 250,000 individuals.