Need to release water downstream Kotri Barrage
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
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