Lahore: According to press reports, Punjab Housing Minister Asad Khokhar has ordered the management of the Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) functioning in several towns to disconnect unlawful water and sewerage connections.

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Minister Khokar gave the orders while presiding over a meeting of the chairmen and delegates of all the province’s main cities’ WASAs and Punjab Horticulture Authority (PHA). He urged the attendees to devise methods and solutions to close the revenue gap and to concentrate more on achieving their objectives. In addition, he requested that officials explore ways to replenish underground water resources and build water treatment plants.

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Similarly, the minister emphasised that no defaulter would be spared under any circumstances, and advised officials not to accept excessive pressure when enforcing rules. Furthermore, PHA Lahore Director General Jawad Ahmad Qureshi informed the audience that during the planting push, the authority gave 90,000 samples to Lahore residents. Geotagging and remote sensing are also being used to track the urban planting initiative, according to him.

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