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Govt to acquire consulting services to roll out PICIIP project

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LAHORE: The provincial authorities has determined to amass consulting providers to roll out the Punjab Intermediate Cities Enchancment Funding Venture (PICIIP).

The $250 million programme is geared toward bringing about an enchancment in key city sectors, together with water, sanitation, city transport and areas like parks and riverbanks, in Sahiwal and Sialkot. In keeping with official paperwork, the undertaking has been ready by the Asian Growth Financial institution (ADB) for which it is going to additionally present a mortgage of $200 million. The remaining $50 million might be allotted by the Punjab govt.

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Chatting with The Categorical Tribune, The City Unit CEO Dr Nasir Javed stated the method for hiring the consultants had been began. As quickly as the method is accomplished and different formalities are met, the undertaking might be rolled out. “The method will take at the very least six months as there are a number of necessities of the lending company for this undertaking, the ADB.”

Beneath the undertaking, the federal government will procure items and providers via 27 packages with an estimated price of $199.25 million. It should additionally recruit six consulting companies and particular person consultants with an estimated $21.58 million.

The Punjab authorities requested the ADB in 2015 to course of a brand new city sector undertaking overlaying key growth initiatives in Sahiwal and Sialkot. The ADB has accepted the mortgage now. The implementation interval for the mortgage is between December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2023. The Punjab Native Authorities and Group Growth Division is the executing company, whereas the town governments of Sahiwal and Sialkot will play the function of implementing businesses.

Giving the rationale for the undertaking, the paperwork state that the cities are the financial, social and revolutionary core of Pakistan that generate most wealth and are house to about 40% of the nation’s inhabitants. The cities, significantly the intermediate ones, are growing at a sooner charge and this has led to a fast enlargement of the city atmosphere, however in an uncoordinated, unplanned and unregulated method. Water provide, wastewater assortment and therapy, storm water drainage and the city highway networks are more and more unable to reply to the inhabitants stress and financial calls for.

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The residents are going through issues equivalent to lack of open areas and civic facilities, the undertaking paperwork say, mentioning a rising demand to make the cities extra habitable to advertise higher dwelling requirements, enhance public well being and develop the financial system in an applicable and sustainable method.

Beneath the undertaking, water provide methods might be improved via the set up and rehabilitation of 114 boreholes and tube wells, 22 reservoirs, 20 pumping stations, roughly 350 kilometres of pipes, as much as 15,000 metered buyer connections of which 1,400 can have pre-paid meters on a pilot foundation, and new supervisory management and information administration (SCADA) methods.

The scheme will even enhance sanitation methods via the set up and rehabilitation of 18 sewage pumping stations, alternative of about 40km of sewer pipes, provision of lacking gear for wastewater administration, unblocking of native drains and building of centralised wastewater therapy vegetation. Tools might be procured for improved assortment and segregation of stable waste.

City public areas might be improved via the rehabilitation of 11 parks, seven-kilometre inexperienced belts, main streets, footpaths, riverbank paths and three bus terminals, which function important hubs for regional transport methods. Native retailers, distributors and corporations might develop enterprise alternatives with the upgraded amenities.

The undertaking can also be geared toward selling behaviour adjustments in hygiene observe and atmosphere via a partnership with youth teams and civil society organisations. Focused public consciousness campaigns might be organised.

Printed in The Categorical Tribune, September 26th, 2017.

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