In line with the pending demand of the Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FCCI), Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif President PML-N has finally decided to include the most chronic issue of the construction of new water reservoirs in the election manifesto of this party. Shabbir Hussain Chawla President FCCI has welcomed this bold initiative to tackle the far reaching environment related challenges including enhanced storage capacity of water reservoirs in Pakistan.
In a statement issued here on Wednesday, Shabbir Hussain Chawla President FCCI told that basically Pakistan is an agricultural country but it is facing the brunt of environmental changes as it has been included in water stressed country.
He said that according to the international experts, the water shortage will become further acute in the coming years and the cause of next world wars may be water related issues. He further told that 60% population of Pakistan is directly depending on agriculture sector and water is an integral component to irrigate the land.
He further told that according to the international benchmark, any country should retain water at least for its well determined needs of 120 days but in Pakistan we have the storage capacity of only 30 days. He said that despite of this fact, almost all previous governments failed to build new water storage dams while some of our politicians also tried their optimum best to make this issue of national importance controversial. He said that this is very surprising that despite of being water stressed country; we are draining out millions of cubic feet of water into the sea unutilized.
He said that PML-N has realized the importance of construction of new water storage dams and decided to include it in to its election manifesto. He said that other political parties should also include this important issue in their election manifestos so that people could judge that how the different political parties have their future plans to tackle this most critical issue directly linked with the economic survival of the people of Pakistan.