More dams neede in Pak­istan

The Miracle - - Font Page - By: Zee­shan Nasir

D ams are es­sen­tial for any coun­try since dams and reser­voirs not only help in the sec­tor of agri­cul­ture and hy­dro­elec­tric­ity but for hu­man uses too. But un­for­tu­nately, there are not enough dams in Pak­istan. As a re­sult, the coun­try con­fronts tough times in droughts and famine and the river waters go in waste. The In­dus River Sys­tem Au­thor­ity (IRSA) re­ports that Pak­istan wastes ap­prox­i­mately $21 bil­lion worth of wa­ter into the sea ev­ery year be­cause of the scarcity of wa­ter stor­age sys­tem and it con­fronts 36pc short­age of wa­ter to-date. IRSA dis­closed that Pak­istan needs three Mangla dams to store wa­ter that she wastes each year. We don’t have enough dams to store the mon­soon sea­sons rain­wa­ter. This ends up in drought and famine. Dams like Mangla and Tar­bella are los­ing their abil­ity to store wa­ter be­cause of the silt de­posits and even the Taunsa Bar­rage sit­u­ated on the In­dus River is in the same boat. Ac­cord­ing to es­ti­mates Pak­istan will lose over 22bil­lion cu­bic me­ters wa­ter stor­age by 2025 and Pak­istan Coun­cil of Re­search in Wa­ter Re­sources warns that the coun­try faced the wa­ter short­age in 1 0 and it may con­front more wa­ter scarcity at an alarm­ing rate by the year 2025. With no doubts, gov­ern­ments in their ten­ure have failed to build dams across Pak­istan, such as the POP gov­ern­ment in its five year ten­ure didn’t build any dams, let alone build­ing and com­plet­ing the .al­abagh Dam and nei­ther the Nawaz gov­ern­ment bring any re­forms in con­struct­ing dams in its four year ten­ure. We need to build enough dams so that our agri­cul­ture and potable wa­ter is abun­dant.

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