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Rs 582m for aquifer ground water recharge project.

LAHORE -- The Punjab government is going to start a project for recharge of aquifer for ground water management in the province to recharge the aquifer naturally and artificially at the available sites across the Punjab.

The project with an estimated cost of Rs 582.249 million has been approved to execute this scheme for four years by the Punjab Irrigation Department.

Punjab Chairman P and D Mohammad Jahanzeb Khan presiding over the Provincial Development Working Party Meeting (PDWP) of current fiscal year 2015-16 held at P and D Complex, Lahore. Provincial Secretary P and D Iftikhar Ali Sahoo, members of the Planning and Development Board and other senior officers attended the meeting.

The chairman P and D, addressing the meeting, said that the province was facing problems of rapid depletion of ground water levels and intrusion of saline water into sweet water in some areas. A tremendous ground water development has taken place during the last four decades, resultantly excessive withdrawal of ground water quality in some parts of the Punjab, he added.

He said that water resources of Pakistan are under immense pressure due to agricultural expansion, population growth and associated urbanization. Based on current population growth rate, there was 10% shortage of water in year 2001 which will increase to 25% in year 2025.

The chairman P and D disclosed that the ground water levels were declining in the project area at the rate more than 2 feet per year. The main objective of the scheme was to recharge the ground water by ponding of flood water in old Mailsi Canal, he said.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Feb 12, 2016
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