Construction of dams inevitable: Dummar

PHE minister says clean drinking water only available for 30% Pakistanis

APP November 14, 2018

ISLAMABAD : Provincial Minister for Public Health Engineering (PHE) Haji Noor Muhammad Dummar has said that the Balochistan government is building dams across the province to overcome the shortage of water.

“In order to overcome the shortage of drinking water, construction of dams has now become inevitable,” he said while talking to a private news channel on Tuesday.

“Clean drinking water is only available to 30 per cent of the population in Pakistan,” said Dummar, adding that the government would also ensure provision of safe drinking water to the citizens of Quetta.

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He also stressed the need for avoiding unnecessary use of water.

Meanwhile talking to APP, the minister described the initiative of the Supreme Court and the federal government to build dams as a positive sign. He also mentioned that the long-lingering drought was causing scarcity of water in Balochistan.

Dummar said the provincial government, led by Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan, had focused on the provision of clean drinking water to the citizens of Quetta. The government and non-governmental organisations would devise a comprehensive plan for tackling the crisis in the area.

He minister said President Dr Arif Alvi and Balochistan cabinet members had discussed provincial matters in detail during their visit to the capital.

“Prime Minister Imran Khan is taking revolutionary steps to address issues related to education, health and water supply,” he said.

Dummar said the provincial government was making a comprehensive plan for reforms in the Water and Sanitation Authority (WASA) for providing clean water to the public.


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