Islamabad-Minister for interior Ahsan Iqbal on Wednesday told National Assembly that existing water supply lines in the capital would be replaced soon as Rs400 million had been allocated for the purpose.

The minister was responding to a calling attention notice on non-supply of drinking water to the residents of Islamabad, especially in sectors 1-10, G-6 and G-7.

Ahsan said that Rs400 million had been allocated to replace water pipes in the capital as existing water supply lines were damaged and wasting water.

He said that a project costing Rs66 billion had been prepared to bring water from Indus River to the capital to meet the growing water requirements of the city.

He said that work on the project would start during the current year. He said that China had been requested to finance the project under the CPEC.

He said that presently, demand of water of the capital was 120 million gallon while the city had only 56 million gallon water available.

He said that out of 35 tube wells in the capital, 15 were out of order and work was under way to make operational these tube wells.