Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday has thanked the people of Karachi for pledging an amount of Rs 760 million for the ambitious project to build dams in the country and to avert the looming water shortage in the years ahead.

The prime minister attended the fundraising event at the Governor House Karachi on Sunday where he spoke on the importance of the construction of water reservoirs for power generation and irrigation and said unless the whole nation was galvanized, the future generations would pay a heavy price.

The prime minister in a televised message on September 8, particularly to the overseas Pakistanis, made a fervent appeal to donate for the dam fund, in view of the water shortages that might hit the country by the year 2025.

The prime minister in a tweet stated; “I want to thank the people of Karachi for their generosity in supporting the Dam Fund. Rs 76 crores were raised at this Dam fundraiser.”

Prime Minister Imran Khan in his speech called for a target of Rs 30 billion for the Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand dam fund.

“I am the greatest fundraiser in the history of Pakistan,” PM Imran stated. “I assure you that we have to meet our target of 30 billion rupees every year and we will meet more than our target as all Pakistanis have been mobilised today.”

The dam fund initially launched by the Chief Justice of Supreme Court Justice Saqib Nisar on July 6 got the full endorsement of the Prime Minister and has so far collected Rs 3.5 billion from donations alone.