No water scarcity in country: Ahsan Iqbal

ISLAMABAD, June 28 (APP): Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal said on Friday that there is no water scarcity in the country but water resources are not managed properly to overcome water related issues.”Pakistan has water storage capacity of only seven per cent of total available water in the country, which needs to be improved”, Ahsan Iqbal said while addressing a two-day International Conference on Water for Life and Development here on Friday. The conference is organized by Pakistan Water Partnership in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), UNESCO and International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).

 The minister said that Pakistan is going to face critical water management crisis.
He said when Pakistan was created, the per capita water availability in the country was 5000 cubic meters while in near future it would be as low as 800 cubic meters per capita.”Pakistan’s dependent upon single river system is vulnerable”, Ahsan Iqbal said adding we will have to enhance water storage capacity in order
to meet water related issues.Problems relating to water have critical impact on a country’s development.
These problems are inter-linked. During last few years Pakistan faced drought followed by heavy rains and devastating floods”, he added.
He said in 21st century the world would face the major issues relating to water.
I hope that with the help of experts we can help solve these problems,Ahsan Iqbal added.

(Courtesy: Associated Press of Pakistan)