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Murad forms body to firm up recommendations for making RO plants efficient, functional

KARACHI (July 24): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the installation of RO Plants in the water-starved areas, particularly Thar where water table is so deep with highest rate of TDS, was a revolutionary step to provide drinking water but “our efforts are being criticized that the plants are not working to their capacity has shed water on our efforts.”

This he said while presiding over a meeting here at the CM House to review the progress of installation of Reverse Osmosis (RO) Plants and converting them on solar-based energy.

 He said that he has reports that some of the plants have failed to work and some others have capacity issues. “All these issues must be addressed through technical and scientific approach,” he said.

Secretary Special Initiative department Aijaz Ali Khan   giving presentation said that in the phase-I, 500 plants were installed between 2012 to 2015 for Rs2.44 billion. Out of 500 plants, 393 are operational and providing water to 1.63 million people. He added that so far 68 RO plants have been converted on solar energy while work on others is in progress.

He said that in phase-II 750 RO plants are being installed for Rs4 billion. Out of 531 RO plants have been installed of them 379 have been made functional. He added that the solarisation of 135 plants is in progress. He went on saying that 17 more RO plants would be made functional if their bores are made deep.

The meeting was told that in the third phase of installation of 750 RO plants started in 2014 for Rs5.49 billion and are scheduled to complete in 2018. So far 525 RO plants have been installed, of them 430 are functional. The solarisation work of 27 ROI plants was in progress.

It was pointed out that in phase-I & II some 1050 RO plants are being turned on solar energy and so far work on 600 units have been completed. The solarisation of Manora RO (Desalination) Plant launched for Rs427 million is in progress.  

The meeting was informed that in phase-III 750 Plants being installed at Tharparkare are 145 units at Mithi, 136 at Islamkot, 131 at Chhachro, 129 at Dahli, 71 at Diplo and 95 at Nagarparkar. Out of 707 RO plants, 550 have been installed, of them 125 are functional at Mithi, 108 at Islamkot, 68 at Chhachro, 50 at Dahali, 42 at Diplo and 37 at Nangarparkar. On this the chief minister said that it means 277 RO plants are nonfunctional in Tharparkar on which he asked the secretary to submit him a repot with reasons in detail.

Sindh Coal Authority (SCA): The meeting was informed that at present out of 118 RO plants 107 are operational in district Tharparkar, Umerkot, Badin, Thatta and Sujawal. The installation of another 11 RO plants are in progress. The capacity of the plants is 11,580,000 USGPD to benefit the population of 1,22,489 souls.  

IRRIGATION DEPT:  Secretary Irrigation Syed Jamal Shah told the meeting that his department has installed 23 RO plants in 23 villages of Jamshoro and Dadu districts for Rs234.574 million and all of them are functioning properly. All the plants are based on solar system, he added.

 PHE&RDD: Secretary Public Health Engineering & Rural Development Department (PHE&RDD) Tamizuddin Khero giving presentation to the chief minister said that their department has installed 49 RO plants in nine different districts, of them 41 are functional and eight are un-functional for want of power connection.

He said that the RO plants installed at Rohri (three units), Pano Aqil (three units) and one at Tando Allahayar are un-functional because their powers connection by Sepco are awaited. “We have paid demand note for their power connections to Sepco. As soon as their power connections are installed they would be made functional.

He added that as far as the RO plant of Jati is concerned it is non-functional due to major variation in ground water chemistry in terms of TDS. He added that sea water membrane are required to make the plants functional. On this the chief minister directed him to take necessary measure to make it functional and report him.

LIVESTOCK & FISHERIES DEPT (L&FD): Secretary L&FD Ghulam Hussain Memon said that his department has installed seven RO plants in different villages of Thatta and Sujawal districts for Rs524.169 million.  

Minister Livestock Mohammad Ali Malkani said that almost all the RO plants are functional under capacity. He added that as per agreement the contractor has to submit the POL bills, vouchers of maintenance, log book and quantity of water being supplied in support of their claims but this is not being done. On this the chief minister directed the Livestock department that the payment against O&M cost should be made on the basis of verification of meter reading, POL bills and quantity of water being supplied.

Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said that he has the complaints that the plants were not functioning as per their capacity and most of the contractor claims their bills on the basis of the capacity of their plants instead of the quantity being supplied to the area. “This is unacceptable and he would take strict action if such cases are fond,” he warned.

The Secretary Special initiative said that he has invited NIT for maintenance and operation of the RO plants. On this the chief minister directed him to explore good contractors, otherwise the department should train its staff for operation and maintenance of the RO plants.

He constituted a committee under Secretary Special Initiatives Aijaz Ali Khan to hold meeting with other department engaged in installation of RO plants to work out recommendations for running the RO plants installed in different districts of the province. “I want efficient operation instead of lame excuses,” he said and directed the committee to firm up report within three days.  


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Faratullah Babar rejects PTI allegations against PPP of receiving foreign funding

Islamabad July 24: Spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar has rejected the PTI allegation that the PPP has also received funding from abroad. Neither the party has received funds from abroad nor it has held fund raising events in any foreign country at any time.
The PPP is funded entirely by the monies raised in Pakistan while the overseas units of the party finance themselves locally in accordance with the laws of the country where the overseas unit is operating.
Instead of leaning on false assumptions the PTI should answer questions relating to financing  political activities in Pakistan through foreign funding in contravention of the law, he said.


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Former President Asif Ali Zardari and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Condemn the bomb blast in Lahore

Islamabad, 24 July 2017: Former President of Pakistan and President Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians Asif Ali Zardari has strongly condemning bomb blast in Lahore has demanded to eliminate terror nurseries as well as the planners of this heinous crime.

In a statement former President said that the perpetrators of this blast are beasts and can never be pardoned.

Former President sympathized with the victims’ families and prayed to Almighty Allah to grant eternal peace to the departed souls and early recovery of the injured.

Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari directed party workers to donate blood for the injured. He said that ideology of terror has to be defeated. He also sympathized with the victims’ families and prayed for early recovery of injured.


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Bilawal Bhutto congratulates party leaders & workers for successful Go Nawaz Go rallies in Punjab

KARACHI, July 24: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has appreciated and congratulated party leaders, workers and masses for taking to streets against corrupt ruling elite in Punjab and said that the successful Go Nawaz Go rallies have irked Takht-e-Raiwind and the PML-N-led provincial govt has started victimizing the PPP workers in the province.

In his press statement issued here, PPP Chairman said initiating fabricated cases against Jeyalas’ in Sahiwal particularly and in Punjab generally has proved that rulers are nervous, adding that such draconian tactics would not be successful as the Jeyalas have not learnt to bow down before the tyrants.

He condemned the Punjab government for filing trumped-up cases against more than 50 workers including Zaki Chaudhry and said that despite the cases being lodged against workers and supporters, the PPP would not stop sloganeering Go Nawaz Go unless the premier announces his resignation from the office.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari appreciated the determination of Punjab’s workers and people and demanded immediate withdrawal of the trumped-up cases because holding peaceful demonstrations was a democratic and constitutional right of every citizen.


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Bilawal Bhutto expresses deep sorrow over demise of Khawaja Rizwan Alam’s mother

KARACHI, July 22: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has expressed deep sorrow over the demise of the mother of Khawaja Rizwan Alam, the senior vice president PPP south Punjab.

In his condolence message, PPP Chairman said he shares the grief of Khawaja Rizwan Alam and his family in this painful time.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and courage and fortitude to the members of bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss with equanimity.


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Bilawal Bhutto condemns torture and arrest of reporting team including a woman reporter of a private news channel

KARACHI, July 21: Chairman Pakistan People’s Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has condemned the torture and arrest of reporting team including a woman reporter of a private news channel in Islamabad today, adding that any kind of victimization and illegal actions against journalists will not be tolerated.

The woman reporter Saba Bajeer and Irfan Malik were tortured while they were performing their professional duties during the production of former SECP Chairman Zafar Hijazi in PIMS hospital.

In his press statement, PPP Chairman said that barring media from performing its professional responsibilities was denial of democratic paradigms and freedom of expression as well as an attack on the the freedom of journalism, “PPP is with journalists’ fraternity and will not let the free media to be attached by anybody,” he added.

Bilawal Bhutto said that action must be taken against those involved and it should be identified as who was behind the condemnable action against the journalists.


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PPPP President Asif Ali Zardari condemns misbehave on journalists

اسلام آباد
سابق صدر پاکستان اور پاکستان پیپلزپارٹی پارلیمینٹیرینز کے صدر آصف علی زرداری نے ٹی چینل 24 کی خاتون رپورٹر صبا بجیر سے وفاقی حکومت کے اہلکاروں کی بدتمیزی اور صحافی عرفان ملک پر تشدد کی سخت الفاظ میں مذمت کرتے ہوئے کہا ہے کہ میڈیا پر قدغن لگانے کی بجائے حکومت اپنے اعمال درست کرے۔ سابق صدر نے کہا کہ خاتون صحافی سے بدتمیزی انتہائی گری ہوئی حرکت ہے اور صحافیوں کو اپنی پیشہ وارانہ ذمے داریوں سے روکنا اس سوال کو جنم دے رہا ہے کہ آخر میڈیا سے کیا چیز چھپائی جا رہی ہے؟ آصف علی زرداری نے کہا کہ اس طرح کی حرکتیں حکومت کی بوکھلاہٹ کو بے نقاب کر رہی ہیں۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ اس عمل میں ملوث اہلکاروں کے خلاف کارروائی کی جائے۔