Sunday, December 4

IRSA: (Chairman IRSA emphasizes need to develop unified national water data base)

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Indus River System Authority (IRSA) Ahmad Kamal has emphasized the need for development of a unified national water data base to help promote national harmony.

In an interview, he welcomed moves towards construction of Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand dams. He said the move would help add about ten million acre feet of water.

The Chairman IRSA said construction of dams would take several years and in view of prevailing water situation we will have to take urgent measures for water conservation.

He said there is also need to ensure efficient use of irrigation water. He said presently we use 92% water for irrigation and ten percent reduction through efficiency could help spare water for drinking, sanitation and municipal purposes.