President appeals nation to generously contribute in Dams Fund

President appeals nation to generously contribute in Dams Fund

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi made a passionate appeal to the nation to generously contribute in the Diamer-Bhasha and Mohand Dams Fund to help enable the country to build the much-needed water reservoirs and save it from the water-crisis which would further aggravate by 2030.

In a video message released to media here, the President congratulated Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar and Prime Minister Imran Khan for establishing the Dams Fund.

He said with the country facing severe effects of global warming due to environmental changes, melting glaciers and depleting water resources, every citizens of Pakistan as well as the government were required to ponder over how to conserve this precious resource and build water reservoirs.

The President also referred to the statement of Prime Minister Imran Khan in which he had mentioned the amount of Rs 30 billion per year fund-raising target for Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand Dams Fund.

The President said besides this campaign he would also urge the country’s agriculturists to help conserve water by leaving the old flood-irrigation trends and opting for the modern drip-irrigation and spray-irrigation methods.

He called upon the people related with agriculture to invest in the modern irrigation techniques and also go for substitution of crops by shifting from high water intensity crops to less water demanding crops. The lining of canals and water channels could also help conserve water, he added.

Similarly, the President said, as the demand for water in urban centres was also increasing due to inflated population levels, every citizen was required to contribute in water conservation through judicious use of water.

Urging the need of judicious use of water resources, he also quoted a “Hadith” of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) that forbade wastage of water while performing “Wazu” (ablution) even at a river bank.

The President again referred to the Prime Minister’s speech, in which he had stated that the water-crisis in Pakistan, if not taken care of, would aggravate further by 2030, and said the living nations always modify themselves before reaching such situations.

He, however, maintained that Pakistan could save it from future water crisis by conserving its water resources and building water reservoirs on rivers.