PFC to contribute Rs1m for dam fund, says Kashif
By Our Staff Reporter
LAHORE: Pakistan Furniture Council (PFC) Chief Executive Mian Kashif Sunday to expressed solidarity towards a noble cause raised by Mian Saqib Nisar Chief Justice of Pakistan of raising funds for the much-needed dams, announced that PFC will contribute Rs1 million for the fund for the construction of Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand dams.
In his statement issued here on Sunday, he said it is high time to work as a nation and overcome this menace of water scarcity through a national resolve to leave behind a better and prosperous country for our future generations.
He said rapid increase in population is the major contributing factor behind this phenomenon.
So the country needs to construct more dams to enhance its water storage capacity to cope with the water requirements.
He said a lack of storage capacity and infrastructure, 30 MAF water discharges into the sea during the flood season, causing a loss of $14 billion annually to the country.
For a country that uses nearly 90pc of its water resources for agriculture and depends on the sector to remain buoyant, this is ridiculous.
What is more ridiculous is that we have known this for decades and have still not been able to build dams to stem the tide.
He said an additional 20 million acres could be brought under irrigated agriculture if water was made available by constructing more dams. “About 29 million acre feet (MAF) of water runs below Kotri Barrage every year on an average,” he said, adding that Pakistan could store only 10pc of its annual flows, sufficient for 30 days only.
He said during the current monsoon season, Pakistan is not storing rainwater in dams but releasing it to create sufficient storage space to meet a flood-like situation.
Mian Kashif suggested that the federal and provincial governments must sit together and draft a comprehensive water management plan.
They can either fight over the location of dams and economic allocation now, or fight with each other for mere physical survival in the decades to come.
Secretary PFC Aqul Sardar will deposit the cheque in bank on Monday on behalf of Board of Directors and CEO Mian Kashif Ashfaq.