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Punjab Imposes New House Sanitation Charges Across All Villages and Cities

The Punjab government has decided to impose sanitation charges of Rs. 300 for 5 marla and Rs. 500 for 10 marla houses. In rural areas, the charges will be Rs. 200 for up to 10 marla houses and Rs. 500 for larger houses.

  • For cities:
    • Rs. 300 for 5 marla house
    • Rs. 500 for 10 marla house
  • For rural areas:
    • Rs. 200 for 10 marla house
    • Rs. 500 for houses larger than 10 marla

During a meeting in Lahore, Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz ordered a reduction in the proposed sanitation charges by over 50%. She also halted the proposed increase in water charges for hydropower projects, citing concerns that higher charges would increase electricity costs.

The meeting provided the following updates and approvals:

  • Residential Units: Punjab has 19.85 million residential units and 2 million commercial units.
  • Green Pakistan Programme: Approved funds for the initiative.
  • Hajj for Women: Approved Rs. 20 million to send 10 women from an old age home on Hajj.
  • Sports Complex Gaushala Lahore: Included in the Annual Development Plan 2023-24.
  • Water Filtration Plants: Approved transfer of 400 plants to solar energy in Lahore and Faisalabad.
  • Check Posts: Approved construction on Punjab’s borders.
  • ePay Punjab Service Charges: Approved Rs. 100 for sales tax payments and Rs. 15 for other transactions.
  • Garments City Access Road: Approved construction at a cost of Rs. 306 million.

Senior Minister Maryam Aurangzeb, Finance Minister Mujtabi Shujaur Rahman, Chief Secretary Punjab Zahid Akhtar Zaman, Chairman Planning and Development Board, Secretaries of Finance, Law, I&C, Information and Culture, Chairman Punjab Information Technology Board, and others participated in the meeting.

Via: 24NewsHD TV

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