Water conservation on least priority for relevant quarters

The region of Thar in the south of Pakistan is a classic example of misplaced priorities by the government where famine-like situation hits every other year. But, at this time of year, it receives an abundance of rain that is seldom used to at least lift the underground water table. The culture of water conservation is far from taking roots in this country of over 200 million.

Water conservation on least priority for relevant quarters

At this time of year, the nature usually provides an exceptional opportunity for water-starved Pakistan to make the most of an abundant rainfall.

The region of Thar in the south of Pakistan is a classic example of misplaced priorities by the government where famine-like situation hits every other year.

But, at this time of year, it receives an abundance of rain that is seldom used to at least lift the underground water table. The culture of water conservation is far from taking roots in this country of over 200 million.

The paradox of the matter is many of the privileged urban class tour Thar during the monsoon rain season to enjoy scenic beauty, lush green patches of land and peacocks dancing thanks to the rain.

And, the same people view miseries of the Thar residents on their television screens when famine-like situation amid drought kill dozens of children on daily basis here. Yet there is no soul-searching, calls for tangible solutions, and the vicious cycle continues.

With little effort, generally responsible planning and cautious approach, the rain water could be used and stored for difficult times for the most vulnerable later in the year.

Most vulnerable to droughts in the remote southern parts of the country bordering India have long been yearning for such an attention from the ruling quarters.

But, all they get is the usual photo sessions of lavishly dressed officials distributing charity among victims of the drought after the calamity rather than responsible officials rolling up their sleeves to address their miseries for good.

The Global Climate Risk Index by the Germanwatch has ranked Pakistan among the worst affected, with a death 

Originally published at Fair planet

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