Asif Zardari inaugurates Asia’s largest solar desalination plant in Mithi

Correspondent
UMERKOT/MITHI:
Former President and Co-Chairman Pakistan People’s Party Mr. Asif Ali Zardari has directed provincial government of Sindh to complete construction of 750 RO plants in various villages of Tharparkar by June this year and thereafter every village should have a RO plant to meet the basic requirement of water of the people of the area.
He said this while addressing the inauguration ceremony of the Desalination complex in Mithi in Tharparkar today.
He said that today was a most auspicious day in the history of Tharparkar as the Asia’s largest solar desalination plant complex had been completed by the energy department of the provincial government. The plant will provide 8 million liters per day of drinking water in addition to producing one MW of electricity benefitting the people of Mithi city besides about one hundred villages.
He said the government was committed to providing basic necessities of life to the people of far flung areas and asked the provincial government to complete the ongoing development projects within the stipulated time frame.
The former President also directed the provincial government to install more tube wells and promote livestock business by developing institutional mechanisms including special loans and banking facilities for the purpose.
He gave these directions during a meeting in the Darbar hall in Mithi called to discuss issues of Thar.
The meeting was attended by Sindh chief minister Syed Qaim ali Shah, provincial ministers, MNAs, MPAs, chief secretary and senior officials of relevant departments and local administration. Former President’s daughter Bakhtwar Bhutto Zardari was also present in the meeting.
The former President called for the establishment of desalination plants in other areas of district Tharparkar particularly Islamkot, Nangarparkar, Diplo and Dahli. He said that after the establishment of water plants the people who were in the business of water supply through bowsers could shift to general transpiration of people and goods and asked the Sindh government to assist the businessmen in relocating their businesses.
About corporate farming the former President called for carrying out fresh survey and re-mapping of Thar with the assistance of local MNAs and MPAs to address the concerns of the people.
Late talking to party MPs and workers the PPP Co-Chairman said that the Party while playing the role of vibrant opposition is also aware of its national obligations towards the country and the people beyond partisan politics. He said that the nation was passing through critical times and some difficult decisions had to be taken in the larger national interest. He said that the Party will keep a close watch that the new measures aimed at curbing militancy were neither misused nor allowed to become a permanent feature beyond the constitutionally stipulated time period.