Islamabad: Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda on Thursday announced that the incumbent government would prioritize the construction of new water reservoirs and ensure the availability of water for all the country’s citizens, a news source reported.
The minister chaired a meeting to review the progress of water sector development projects. He revealed that the Ministry of Water Resources had 61 ongoing water related projects, and had added 51 new projects to the water sector development portfolio.
Vawda said that 34 out of 51 new projects wrere for Balochistan, given the current water situation in the province. He added that the government could no longer ignore the need to construct new water reservoirs in the country and that professionals needed to be consulted in order to overcome the country’s looming water crises.
Officials concerned briefed the minister on the completion of seven water projects during the ongoing financial year. These included Right Bank Outfall Drain (RBOD) I & III, and six dams in Balochistan. The officials added that these the RBOD I & III projects would help overcome issues of water logging and salinity in Balochistan and Sindh.