LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that ‘Saaf Pani Project’ project is being launched immediately in nine districts of more brackish water of the province and the scope of the project will be expanded to all districts of the province under a phased programme.

The CM said this while presiding over a meeting with regard to reviewing the progress on ‘Saaf Pani Project’, on Wednesday.

“Ten billion rupees are being spent on this public welfare project during first year. Water filtration plants would be installed for providing clean drinking water to the citizens,” the CM held.

Shahbaz Sharif said that ‘Saaf Pani Project’ will be implemented speedily and like other projects of Punjab government, this project will be a unique with regard to speed and transparency.

He said that the project is being started in more saline water districts including Mianwali, Sargodha, Chakwal, Rajanpur, Bahawalpur, Faisalabad, Dera Ghazi Khan, Bahawalnagar and Rahim Yar Khan and will be expanded to the entire Punjab.

While constituting a steering committee comprising Provincial Minister for Housing, Assembly Members and officials of Punjab government, the CM said that the committee will monitor the implementation of the project. He directed that the survey with regard to water in all districts of the province should be completed at the earliest and reliable information be collected.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that Punjab government wants to benefit from the expertise and experience of Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) in vocational and technical sector.

He was talking to a delegation of Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) which called on him, on Wednesday.

The CM said that a state-of-the-art vocational and technical training center would be set up in Lahore with the cooperation of TIKA. He said that initially technical training in garments, construction and auto-mobile would be imparted in the centre and one lakh youth will be enabled to earn their livelihood through imparting vocational and technical training during a year.

He said that TIKA would also arrange training of master trainers in vocational and technical training sectors in Turkey whereas certificates would also be given by TIKA to the youth completing technical training. It was agreed to promote cooperation for vocational and technical training during the meeting.