Rawalpindi: According to press reports, the Punjab government has approved the construction of a sewage treatment plant and a 20-kilometer sewerage tunnel in Rawalpindi for safe wastewater disposal and pollution reduction.

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to give the necessary funding, which is projected to cost PKR 30 billion, according to government sources. According to reports, experts from the ADB and National Engineering Services Pakistan (NESPAK) would conduct a two-month survey for the sewage treatment plant project, with the groundbreaking scheduled for March 2022 if approved.

Chairman of the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA), Tariq Murtaza, described it as a “mega project” that will connect Rawalpindi’s drains through a sewage tunnel before being drained to a treatment plant. Water from the city’s drainage will also flow into the tunnel, which will be 10 feet wide and built 10 feet below the existing depth of the Nullah Leh and reinforced with a concrete wall.

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It was also stated that once the tunnel is completed, Nullah Leh will only be used as a storm drain. The water treatment facility is expected to be built on 5,500 kanals in Gorakhpur, which are currently held by the Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA).

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