ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) on Friday called upon the government to issue directions to authorities concerned for taking urgent measures to address issue of water crisis on priority basis. In a statement, ICCI Acting President Naveed Malik said people many sectors of the federal capital were facing water shortage and in scorching heat. He said that Simly Dam was supplying 20-35 million gallons of water per day (MGWD) to the federal capital. However, due to lack of rains, water level was decreasing in the dam. Moreover, water level in Khanpur Dam was also going down but CDA and IMC have not developed any alternative strategy to ensure water supply to Islamabad. Malik said the water supply network in Islamabad has become very old due to which many main water lines were leaking and thousands of gallons of water was being wasted daily. He stressed that CDA and MCI should take urgent measures to upgrade water supply network in Islamabad to save water from wastage. Moreover, the acting ICCI chief said the civic authorities should ensure water supply through tankers in areas facing water shortage to mitigate the problems of citizens in the summer season.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 9th, 2018.