Need to re­lease wa­ter down­stream Kotri Bar­rage

The Pak Banker - - 2 National -

HYDERABAD: Sindh Power Min­is­ter Shazia Marri has said that due to scarcity of fresh wa­ter and in­tru­sion of sea wa­ter, the ar­eas down­stream Kotri Bar­rage are eco­log­i­cally in worst con­di­tion and ap­pealed to all stake­hold­ers and opin­ion lead­ers to un­der­stand the im­por­tance of re­leas­ing wa­ter down­stream Kotri Bar­rage which ac­cord­ing to her is es­sen­tial for the pro­tec­tion of the bio­di­ver­sity in the ar­eas.

She ad­dressed 4th an­nual plan­ning and net­work­ing meet­ing or­gan­ised by the man­age­ment of "In­dus for All Pro­gramme WWF Pak­istan "at a lo­cal ho­tel on Thurs­day.

Shazia Marri said that the Se­nate Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Wa­ter and Power also came on same con­clu­sion as she is nar­rat­ing. She said that it is not the mat­ter of Kala Bagh Dam but it is the mat­ter of bio­di­ver­sity of the re­gion. She said that merger of sweet wa­ter into brack­ish wa­ter of sea is es­sen­tial for the pro­tec­tion of eco-sys­tem. She said that PPP is giv­ing im­por­tance to the en­vi­ron­ment and to stop en­vi­ron­men­tal and eco­log­i­cal degra­da­tion.

She said that PPP in its man­i­festo has pri­va­tized five sec­tors un­der 5-E pro­gramme for the devel­op­ment and added that one of these be­long to en­vi­ron­ment.

List­ing the projects and pro­grammes launched by the PPP govern­ment for bring­ing im­prove­ment in the en­vi­ron­ment, Shazia Marri said that mas­sive plan­ta­tion in Thatta District car­ried out in PPP govern­ment could be termed his­toric. She said that 65 per­cent ar­eas of Sindh fell in one of five iden­ti­fied eco-re­gion, which need col­lec­tive ef­forts both from pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor in ad­di­tion to NGOs and en­vi­ron­ment ori­ented or­gani- za­tion to pro­tect these from degra­da­tion. She said that work done by WWF in this sec­tor was ap­pre­cia­ble. She said that it was also pride of us that 10 out of 19 Ram­sar sites are in our prov­ince as such we must in­crease our ef­forts for the pro­tec­tion and con­ser­va­tion of these sites.

She said that en­vi­ron­ment was not a sub­ject which can only be im­proved by govern­ment it­self. She re­gret­ted and said we uti­lize en­vi­ron­ment but not con­trib­ute in its im­prove­ment due to il­lit­er­acy in term of ed­u­ca­tion or our neg­a­tive be­hav­ior. -App

IS­LAM­ABAD: A view of light shower as the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal City ex­pe­ri­enced a long awaited win­ter rain af­ter a long dry spell. -App

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