Being water stressed is a great problem for Pakistan and has been disturbing the balance between economic development and environmental protection for too long. Pakistan was among the world’s 36 most water-stressed countries and if proper planning is not done right now for water conservation, the situation could worsen with the increasing population. More than 35 percent of the population of our country lacks access to safe drinking water and this figure could double in the next five to six years.

Pakistan has built only three mega dams and scores of small barrages since 1947 while China and India have constructed 22,000 and 4,200 small and large dams respectively to meet their water needs. It was a pity that the proposed Kalabagh Dam is not being constructed due to opposition from Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, Sindh and other stakeholders.

I would like to draw the attention of State Minister for Water and Power, Chaudhary Abid Sher Ali, to focus on building more small and large dams to save the country from a terrible water crisis and to ensure sustainable future socio-economic development of the country.


Faisalabad, September 1.