Water and Energy Minister, Nada al-Boustani, visited Saturday the western Bekaa region within the framework of her Bekaa tour among a number of facilities and plants that are part of her Ministry's circle of operations.
Beginning her tour in the town of Saghbine, Boustani assured its citizens of the state's duty to safeguard the interests of its people and work to provide them with vital services and needs.
Boustani then visited the National Authority of the Litani River, where she inspected the Lake Qaraoun Dam and the procedures underway to reduce its pollution to get the highest capacity of water for irrigation and electricity production.
"What I saw on the banks of the Litani is terrifying, but the government has taken its decision remove contaminants and pollution from this vital artery. The option of building dams is a strategic option and we will continue to work on it," Boustani confirmed.
She then attended a luncheon banquet at the residence of MP Abdul-Rahim Mrad in Shtourama, upon an invitation by State Minister for Foreign Trade Hassan Mrad, where she thanked Mrad and the people of the Bekaa for their warm hospitality and the opportunity to meet with citizens who share a mutual interest in public affairs.
"We are at new crossroads in the electricity sector, namely with the updated plan we started implementing two months ago, as approved by the Council of Ministers, whose positive results we have begun to see, especially in terms of reducing technical and non-technical waste and eliminating infringements in all regions, and which has contributed to reducing the electricity deficit in Lebanon while we await the construction of new plants," Boustani indicated.
"In parallel with this large workshop, we launched the update of the national strategy for the water and sanitation sector, which will result in recommendations and regulations in projects according to priorities in all regions, and the western Bekaa region will certainly be at the core of these projects," she maintained.
"We will also launch a comprehensive national plan to remove all encroachments on waterways and rivers in Lebanon, not only along the Litani," Boustani added reassuringly
"Minister Mrad and I, and all colleagues in the Strong Lebanon Bloc, are working to achieve one major goal: to ensure Lebanon's advancement and bring it back to the map of progress and prosperity and help it emerge from the current economic crisis," the Energy Minister asserted. She hoped that the oil sector would contribute to this renaissance, especially that drilling works are expected to begin towards the year's end.
Source: National News Agency