Pakistan province pushes delayed desalination project

Pakistan's National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman, Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, has pushed the bureau's Balochistan arm to bring a long-awaited 2 Ml/d desalination plant at Karwat, Gwadar finally into operation.

The plant has started functioning for the past three months to provide potable water to the cities of Gwadar and Jevni.

At its outset in 2006 the project was proposed initially, for the region's industrial zone but following various difficulties the NAB decided that water from the plant should be provided to the 250,000 people of Gwadar and Jeewani.

The NAB claimed the long-awaited plant was recently completed following its persistent efforts. Chaudhry ordered NAB Balochistan to conduct an inquiry into the delays in the plant's progress. Following investigations into the contractors and Balochistan officials, all parties agreed to resume work.

NAB said it drove the construction of a pipeline to supply water from the plant to Gwadar city and adjoining areas. The contractor was bound to operate and maintain the plant for one year after commissioning.

Balochistan, is one of the four provinces of Pakistan, located in the southwestern region of the country. Its largest city is the provincial capital Quetta.

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