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Diamer-Bhasha Dam

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.

Diamer-Bhasha Dam a must to overcome water crisis: IPR

The water challenge faced by Pakistan today is bigger than that of the power sector and it is getting worse with each passing day. Pakistan desperately needs to increase its water storage capacity. This was stated in a fact sheet issued Tuesday by the Institute for Policy Reforms. The Institute recommends that government must start building the Diamer Bhasha dam forthwith. The scale and complexity of the project requires the involvement of top level government officials. This will speed up the project work in Pakistan and highlight its priority to international donors.

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