ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) has called upon the government to finalise a comprehensive and effective National Water Policy in consultation with all stakeholders to cope with the looming water scarcity issue. If not tackled with proactive measures, rising water crisis would jeopardise the economic future of the nation, added its statement issued on Tuesday. ICCI President Atif Ikram Sheikh said that an Asian Development Bank report has already described Pakistan as one of the most ‘water-stressed’ countries in the world which should be a cause of concern for policymakers. He said water availability in Pakistan has now come down to 1,100 cubic meters per person from 5,600 cubic meters in 1947 and if planning was not done to conserve sufficient water, its availability would further decline to less than 900 cubic meters per person by 2050.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 2nd, 2015.