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August 7, 2020

Two more rainwater reservoirs approved

Lahore

August 7, 2020

LAHORE:After success of rainwater harvesting project at Lawrence Road, the governing body of Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has given a go-ahead for replicating this model at two more places in the provincial capital.

The decision was taken in the 5th meeting of LDA’s governing body chaired by its Vice-Chairman SM Imran here Thursday. The Authority’s Director General Ahmad Aziz Tarar briefed the meeting about implementation status of decisions taken in the previous meeting. It was decided that two of the new rainwater reservoirs would be constructed at Tajpura and outside Sheranwala Gate, Circular Road, Lahore.

Officials said that rainwater reservoirs with a capacity of 1.2 and 1.5 million gallons respectively would be constructed at these places, costing a total of Rs240 million. A total of 11 similar projects will be undertaken in the city for this purpose under a phased programme. In order to reduce pollution and improve city’s environment, the governing body allowed for Dense Urban Forestation at 24 places in LDA housing schemes. A sum of Rs150 million has been allocated in the new budget of LDA for tree plantation.

The meeting approved the project concept for integration of geographical information of plots situated in LDA housing schemes with the ownership record by designing GIS, MIS and integrated business work flow application for LDA. The meeting approved proposal for revision of PC-I for Firdous Market Underpass Project due to higher rate of compensation for land acquired for this project. However, cost of the project will not affect as a result of this revision of PC-I. The meeting was attended by MPA Sadia Sohail Rana and Muhammad Atif. Wasa Vice-Chairman Sheikh Imtiaz Mahmood, Managing Director Syed Zahid Aziz, Major (r) Syed Burhan Ali, Engineer Amir Qureshi and representatives of P&D, housing, local government, finance department and commissioner Lahore also attended the meeting.

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