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Water is what matters!

Hundreds of thousand people of Pakistan remain in constant danger of being suddenly hit by floods. In the past, their lands have been inundated, their homes washed away and those affected being forced to move away into an uncertain future. What could be worse than this unmitigated disaster? And yet one is forced to think: could this catastrophe have been avoided?

Water under the bridge

About Rs25 billion worth of water is wasted every year. That’s what the Wapda chairman reportedly told the Public Accounts Committee earlier this week. That is an understatement. Only about 10 percent of the available 145 million acre feet (maf) of water can be stored in existing reservoirs – global average is around 40 percent. Thanks to insufficient storage capacity and systemic losses, the waste is huge.

Pakistan eyes 2018 start for China-funded Diamer-Bhasha dam

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan expects China to fund a long-delayed Indus river mega dam project in Gilgit-Baltistan with work beginning next year, Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal said in an interview.

Pakistan has been keen for years to build a cascade of mega dams along the Indus flowing down from the Himalayas, but has struggled to raise money from international institutions amid opposition from its nuclear-armed neighbor India.

China to invest $50bn for mega dams in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: In a first-of-its-kind investment in Pakistan’s troubled energy sector, Islamabad and Beijing on Saturday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop North Indus River Cascade with an estimated cost of US$ 50 billion that has the potential of generating approximately 40,000mw of hydroelectric power.

Speakers call for water, forest conservation for future generations

RAWALPINDI: Secretary Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC) Syed Abu Ahmad Akif has said Pakistan is among a few countries that have passed legislation to respond to the challenges posed by climate change. He said that Climate Change Council and Climate Change Authority, two new bodies at federal level would be constituted shortly.

Pakistan moves int’l court against Indian water projects

LAHORE - Islamabad moved international court of arbitration against two hydropower projects being built by India in held Kashmir, said a top official of Ministry of Water & Power in an interaction with journalists at Wapda House yesterday.

The official, who wanted not to be named, said the decision to approach the court of arbitration had been taken on the recommendation of international lawyers hired to pursue Pakistan’s case on Kishanganga and Ratle Power projects.

Indian pumps depleting ground water in Pakistan

LAHORE - Massive extraction of groundwater for agriculture purposes by hundreds of thousands of subsidised tube-wells in India has put the underground water resources of Pakistan at risk.

Leading water experts believe the situation is dangerous for both the countries since no international law or mutual treaty between Pakistan and India specifically regulates the use of trans-boundary groundwater resources.

Islamabad willing to go for water treaty with Kabul

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Water and Power (MoWP) has expressed its willingness to sign a water treaty with Afghanistan.“We have held many brainstorming sessions at the ministry on this particular issue after receiving credible reports about Afghanistan’s plans to build dams on Kabul River.

Some of Pakistan’s ambassadors appointed in various capitals have taken up this issue with the officials of the ministry and sometimes the Foreign Office also agitated this issue,” a top official of the ministry told The News.

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