Bahawalpur: The Punjab government has allocated over PKR 12 billion for the rehabilitation of five underground waterline schemes in Cholistan, according to news published on December 31, 2022.
Reportedly, the rehabilitation of waterline schemes in Cholistan will be executed over three years in a phased manner. Previously, these waterlines were laid in 2002-03 for the supply of potable water to the residents of the desert areas and their livestock, however, these lines have been rendered useless due to the lack of maintenance.
Cholistan Development Authority (CDA)-Bahawalpur Managing Director (MD) Tariq Bokhari has informed that of the total allocated funds, PKR 6 billion have been added to the Annual Development Programme (ADP) for 2022-23 and shall be released soon. The waterlines sanctioned for rehabilitation include ‘Khutri Dahar to Tufana, Kudwala to Banna post, 111/DNB village to Nawan kote, 108/DB village to Bijnot in Bahawalpur district, Sourian in Rahim Yar Khan district, and Mirgarh to Choori in Fortabbas tehsil of Bahawalnagar district’.
It was highlighted that with the rehabilitation of these waterlines, some 66,000 acres – which makes up half of the entire desert – will be benefitted.
Moreover, CDA Executive Engineer Asig Langah stated that the government has also allocated PKR 136.507 million for the procurement of four large tankers to deliver potable water to the areas affected adversely during the summer season.