ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) called upon the government on Saturday to focus on construction of water reservoirs in the country to overcome water shortage and achieve sustainable economic growth. “Being an agricultural economy, Pakistan is heavily dependent on water resources, but according to a recent report of International Monetary Fund (IMF), Pakistan is third among the countries facing rising water shortage, which should be a cause of concern for policymakers,” ICCI President Sheikh Amir Waheed said in a statement issued here. He said the deepening water crisis could jeopardise the economic future of the country. He said in 1951, per capita water availability in Pakistan was 5,260 cubic metres which has come down to 940 cubic metres in 2015. “If urgent measures are not taken for water reservoirs, per capita water availability would further reduce to 860 cubic metres by 2025 in Pakistan which is alarming,” he warned.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 1st, 2018.