x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Clean water to Pakistan from UAE

Clean water projects worth US$1.2 million are being launched in Pakistan with the support of the UAE, under the directive of the President, Sheikh Khalifa.

Clean water projects worth US$1.2 million are being launched in Pakistan with the support of the UAE, under the directive of the President, Sheikh Khalifa.

Included in the projects are water-treatment plants to provide potable water to 12 villages in remote areas of North Waziristan, one of the poorest parts of the nation.

It will also be necessary to upgrade the area’s pipelines, project administrators have said.

The first phase has already helped to improve services in remote parts of Pakistan.

Infrastructure projects worth about $5.8m (Dh21.3m) were completed in 64 villages in the provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, South Waziristan and in the Bajaur region.

Pakistan has been receiving aid in building roads, hospitals, schools and other infrastructure from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development since 2011.

Since then, projects worth $162m have been implemented throughout the country.

In September this year, aid worth a further $100m was announced by Abu Dhabi.

One of the most recent projects to be completed is a $500,000 school in South Waziristan, which will cater for 150 students in the town of Wana.

Spreading over 774 square metres, the school has a lecture hall, five classrooms, a library, computer and science laboratories, and sports areas.

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