Minister for Water Resources Javeed Ali Shah Monday informed the Senate that the government is working to construct reservoirs to overcome water shortage in the country.
He was responding to a motion to discuss the need to formulate a strategy for desalinating the sea water for industrial and domestic consumption in view of the likely water scarcity in the country and establish resources machinery and expertise required for this purpose. The motion was moved by Senator Sherry Rehman.
He said establishing plants was the subject of provinces. However, he said, the federal government would assist in this regard.
The minister asked the House for arranging a comprehensive discussion on water issue by inviting experts, lawmakers and other stakeholders.
Legislators who participated in the debate are Taj Haider, Abdul Qayyum, Javid Abbasi, Rehman Malik, Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar, Amir Kabeer, Dr. Ashok Kuma,Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel, Muhammad Talha Mahmood, Saud Majeed, Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini, Karim Khawaja
They asked the government to devise a policy for the construction of water reservoirs to overcome water deficiency for drinking and farming sector. The lawmakers had also asked the government to formulate a comprehensive strategy for the desalinating the seawater domestic consumption.—APP