Experts present proposals to address water crisis

STAFF REPORT HYD: Water experts have underlined the need for building water reservoirs, preparation of water policy and research in order to form framework to combat water crisis and challenges in Pakistan.

They expressed these views at a meeting on “Water Resources Challenges of Pakistan” held recently at the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) Jamshoro, which was organised by US-Pakistan Centre for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCAS-W).

Former Sindh Irrigation secretary and water expert Idris Rajput, while delivering his presentation on Inter-Provincial Water Issues of Pakistan said that water disputes between Sindh and Punjab dates back to British Rule when new canals, barrages and dams were planned, constructed or envisioned.

He said that upper riparian always being benefited in distribution of water at the cost of their counterpart of lower riparian due to various reasons. Former Planning and Development Federal Secretary Fazullah Qureshi said that agricultural use of water in Pakistan is very much high as compared to its productivity and there is no relationship found between cultivation of crops and collection of revenues particularly in Sindh.

Dr Aslam Chaudhary from University of Utah, US, said that through the framework of actions the water challenges of Pakistan could be overcome.

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