Modern Water and Sanitation services extends by KP government
Chitral Times Report
PESHAWAR: The modern Water and Sanitation Services have been
extended to the remaining six divisional headquarters of Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa province. The six divisional headquarters include
Abbottabad, Kohat, Mardan, Swat, Bannu and Dera Ismail Khan.
Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak handed over
licenses of newly incorporated Water and Sanitation Services
Companies (WSSC) to concerned Divisional Commissioners in a meeting
held at CM House today. The Senior Minister for Local Government,
Inayatullah, Secretary Local Government, Jamil Ahmed, Chief
Executive Officer of WSSP and Secretary Irrigation, Muhammad Naeem
Khan, the Legal Advisor, Shumail Butt, concerned Deputy
Commissioners and Municipal Officers were also present on this
WSSC was first launched in Peshawar and remained successful for
providing up to the mark Water and Sanitation services. Following
the Peshawar model, WSSCs were formed for ensuring unremitting
water, sanitation and solid waste management service delivery to
the residents of the other divisional headquarters of the province.
After desired execution of the project in the divisional
headquarters, WSSCs will be expanded to district level in the next
phase, disclosed the Chief Minister Pervez Khattak while speaking
to the commissioners. He directed to make WSSCs fully functional
from July next for which an amount of two billion rupees has been
allocated under Annual Development Program for the fiscal year
2015-16 he added. Highlighting guidelines for running the companies
in a smooth manner, the Chief Minister directed that functions and
responsibilities of WSSCs must be clearly identified to avoid any
duplication or ambiguity in delivery of the municipal services.
Regarding mandate of WSSCs, he said besides focusing on primary
objective of provision of potable water and cleanliness &
sanitation services, the companies must also ensure beautification
of the areas of their jurisdiction.
The Chief Minister also discussed the role of WSSCs in the new
scenario of local governments’ establishment. He was of the view
that a certain proportion of local government development funds
should be set aside for the municipal services.