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Diamer Bhasha, Mohmand dams needed to cope with water scarcity.

ISLAMABAD -- Chairman Water and Power Development Authority Lt Gen (R ) Muzammil Hussain Monday apprised the Senate Forum for Policy Research (SFPR) that the country could witnessed water crisis if Diamer Bhasha and Mohmand Dams were not built shortly.

Briefing the SFPR which met with Syed Nayyar Hussain Bokhari in the chair, the WAPDA chairman said Pakistan was facing water scarcity and was included among the water stressed countries, said a press release. He said unfortunately, there were no comprehensive policy regarding water resources and its utilization. Some 70 per cent water was received through melting of glaciers and 25 per cent from rain, he added.

The Chairman said maximum flood water swept to sea every year due to shortage of water reservoirs. Currently, water could be stored for only 30 days in three big water reservoirs Tarbela, Mangla and Chashma, he said. He said underground water level in Balochistan has drastically dropped.

Muzammil Hussain said some 72,000 acres of Balochistan would be irrigated with completion of Kacchi Canal Project.

Speaking on the occasion, Nayyar Hussain said water was an important

issue and stressed the need to devise a concrete policy to cope with the future challenges.

He said currently there were no national water policy in the country and called for creating awareness among the masses about water issues. Owing to the importance of the issue, he said that the Chairman Senate would be requested to discuss it in Committee of the Whole.

He also underlined the need for building of new water reservoirs on

emergent basis in larger national interests. There was also dire of the hour that the provincial governments should also be activated about water storage and conservation.

He said a meeting of the forum would also be convened to discuss solid

waste management issued in the country. He said tons of solid waste produced in big cities of the country.

Other members suggested that improvement should be brought in rehabilitation of canal system.

It was decided that in next meeting briefing would be sought from Council of Water Research.

The meeting was attended by Senators Dr Jehanzeb Jamal Dini, Mohsin Laghari, Wasim Sajid, Afrasiab Khattak, Javed Jabbar, Rukhsana Zubairi, Muhamad Anwar and other senior officials.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Aug 29, 2017
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