Balochistan confronting acute water scarcity: Shahwani


QUETTA: Liaquat Shahwani, spokesperson for provincial government has said that Balochistan was confronting acute dearth of water as laws of Indus River System Authority (IRSA), framed for regulating and monitoring the distribution of water sources of Indus River, were not being implemented in true letter and spirit.

Addressing a press conference at Officers club here on Wednesday, Shahwani said that in Naseerabad Division of the province, there was acute shortage of pure drinking water, adding that scarcity of water would ruin the crops of Balochistan province. He added that if the present situation continued, agriculture of Naseerabad would be ruined.

He remarked that 6500 cusecs water was to be provided to Balochistan on June 6-7, 2021, but we received only 2500 cusecs water. He added that Chief Minister Sindh had told Balochistan’s Minister for Irrigation that he did not accept laws of IRSA.

Shahwani said that work on CPEC project commenced during the tenure of Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, but Balochistan did not receive anything, adding that work on development projects under CPEC in Balochistan started during the tenure of Chief Minister Balochistan, Jam Jamal Khan. He said that federal government had allocated Rs 81 billion for upgrading Quetta-Karachi highway, which was termed as “Killer Road in the province, from single to dual carriageway way and work on the said project would commence during the current year.

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