ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has determined to put in solar panels atop its tubewells and waterworks in numerous components of the capital to supply 4.5 megawatt electrical energy.
The electrical energy produced by the solar system might be used for working the waterworks and tubewells and added to the nationwide grid as effectively.
A press launch issued by the CDA on Tuesday stated PC-1 value Rs80 million had been ready for the solar system and could be despatched for approval quickly.
When contacted, deputy director common water provide directorate Sardar Khan Zimri stated as soon as put in the solar system will produce electrical energy for 25 years. Within the primary 4 years, it would meet the expenditure of Rs80 million to be incurred on the set up of the system.
He stated a solar system of two megawatt might be put in on the sewage therapy plant in I-9 whereas one other to supply one megawatt every might be put in at waterworks at Pona Faqiran and close to the sports activities complicated.
He stated solar panels for getting half a megawatt electrical energy may even be put in in Rose and Jasmine Park.
The official stated a complete of 10 megawatt electrical energy was required for water initiatives and within the subsequent section the CDA will set up solar panels to supply 5.5 megawatt.
He stated one other mission to put in 100 filtration vegetation was additionally in progress which might be accomplished in two months.
The press launch stated that in addition to the solar system mission, the CDA was additionally going to launch a mission value Rs50 million to switch outdated and dysfunctional water pumping motors.
An official of the CDA stated the set up of the solar system was a value efficient initiative, nevertheless, up to now the CDA had made a number of such bulletins solely to shelve them later.
He stated a few years in the past the CDA had determined that move meters could be put in at first and tail of pipelines at tubewells to examine the amount of water being provided to the customers however to this point that mission couldn’t be executed.
Currently, on paper, the CDA receives round 70 million gallons of water each day (MGD) from three sources: Simly Dam, Khanpur Dam and tubewells. However, officers stated water reaching the tip customers was far lower than 70mgd.
To examine the move of water reaching the tip customers, the CDA had determined to put in meters however later hat mission was additionally shelved.
It is related to notice that Islamabad faces water scarcity in summers as over the past twenty years no new water supply was explored. The proposed mega Ghazi Barotha mission has been beneath dialogue since 2008.
Whenever this mission is executed, it would present 100mgd water every to Rawalpindi and Islamabad. In 2017, the CDA had calculated that Rs77 billions had been required for the mission.
Published in Dawn, April twentieth, 2022