The Capital Development Authority (CDA) with the collaboration of Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) has established Pakistan Bioremediation Model for Wastewater Treatment at Rose and Jasmine Garden and F-9 Park Islamabad to clean the wastewater of streams passing at these places. The treated water is used for green belt and other horticultural activities. The bioremediation technology will help to save our drinking water and to protect the environment and beauty of the Islamabad city. This was stated by Mr. Maroof Afzal, Chairman CDA while addressing at concluding and award distribution ceremony of two-day International Workshop on Pakistan Bio-remediation Model for Waste Water Treatment at here local hotel in Islamabad.

Chairman CDA said there is need for utilizing new technology to overcome water scarcity challenges facing the country. The demand of drinking water is increasing day-by-day and the country could face water scarcity if measures were not taken and the bioremediation technology is a good tool to overcome the impending crises.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan, Director General of National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) said PARC has demonstrated various cutting edge technologies and our farmers and society are benefiting from these technological interventions. A feather in the cap of NARC is the development of Pakistan Model of Bioremediation for treatment of wastewater to valued water for its use in agriculture. It is a great effort of scientists of PARC / NARC National Institute of Bioremediation. In a very short span of time, Pakistan Model of Bioremediation has got high level priority not only in Pakistan, but has also been acknowledged at the global level.

In Pakistan, it has been replicated at 80 sites of different climatic and soil conditions, whereas internationally it has been chosen by the Standing Committee of Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC) of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which has funded a project entitled “Pakistan Bioremediation Model for Waste Water Treatment and Capacity Building Program among OIC Member Countries. He said that the selection of this project by COMCEC is a sort of appreciation at international level for the hard work of NARC. Presently, NARC is executing two projects with CDA at Rose and Jasmine Garden and F-9 Park Islamabad.

On this occasion, Dr. Syed Shakeel Raza, Project Expert (NIB) COMCEC-OIC gave a detailed presentation and he said that Pakistan model of bioremediation appears to be adoptable in the four OIC member countries, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Turkey and United Arabs Emirates wherever climatic conditions are comparable to those found at different mode; replicated sites in Pakistan.

Dr. Yousaf Riaz, Director NIB said the bioremediation technology was introduced in 2008 at NARC. Bioremediation model so far implemented at more than 80 locations in Pakistan. He said the technology called the Pakistan Model of Bioremediation has been demonstrated to reduce strain on fresh water on the one hand and reclaim used water for its utilization in agriculture on the other. It is cheap and cost effective as compared to commonly used conventional physical and chemical methods of treatment of domestic and industrial wastewater. Mr. Fatih Kaya, Director Intl Projects COMCEC, Ms. Lale Gundogan of Turkey, Mr. Roohullah Omid of Afghanistan, Dr. Shahid Rafique, Member (ASD) PARC, Dr. Muhammad Ashiq, Director (ERI), Dr. Yousaf Hayat, PSO (ERI), Dr. Asif Riaz, Project Expert COMCEC, Mr. Faseeh-ur-Rehman. Project Coordinator COMCEC and other speakers also addressed and shared their experience and views.

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