Lahore: According to various sources, the Punjab government is seeking $500 million from the World Bank to provide water to rural areas and resolve sanitation issues in 16 districts and tehsils in the province, which has a population of 6.65 million.
According to a World Bank document, the project will focus on Punjab districts that are the poorest and have the worst results in terms of child stunting, sanitation infrastructure access and efficiency, and bacterial infection of drinking water at the source and point of use.
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Approximately 2,000 towns, main settlements, and 8,500 small settlements are projected to be covered by the project in the districts of Khushab, Mianwali, Sargodha, Chakwal, Bhakkar, Pakpattan, Chiniot, Jhang, Rajanpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Dera Ghazi Khan, Lodhran, Bahawalpur, Muzaffargarh, Bahawalnagar, and Multan.
The project will also endorse Covid-19 mitigation initiatives in rural Punjab through a variety of measures, with a focus on steps that households and communities should take to ensure physical separation and basic hygiene; small-scale infrastructure to directly encourage good hygiene practice; and increased employment opportunities for unskilled and semi-skilled labor.
The project will create and incorporate a robust IT-based management information system to monitor project execution, WSS service delivery results, the flow of public and donor funds earmarked for WASH and related financial management information, as well as outcome indicators.