It’s pretty clear that Pakistan is running out of water every single day. It has been anticipated that by the year 2050, Pakistan is likely to suffer a shortage of 31 million acre-feet of water. Since we are an agriculture-based economy, this would be a huge setback.
The incompetency of previous leadership and poor management of the available water resources have made Pakistan vulnerable to a drought. This water crisis is not just a threat to the cropping season but also to the generation of hydroelectricity.
Despite the administrative flaws, India has been adding salt to our sorrows for a long time. It has violated the Indus Water treaty multiple times by building dams such as Bughlier and Kishenganga Dam on Chenab and Jhelum rivers. The matter was even taken to international court but unfortunately, Pakistan lost.
According to experts, the main reason behind the water crisis is population growth and urbanization. Some experts also believe that climate change and poor water management has exacerbated the issue. On top of this all, we don’t have adequate water storage facilities. Pakistan has failed to build new dams since the 1960s.
Our current water backup system is 3 days only, which is extremely alarming. If Pakistan’s main water rivers are blocked or, God forbid, the country goes in the state of water, we are in a catastrophe! We need to follow the water storage strategies used by developed and developing countries. Egypt has a water backup for 1000 days that can accommodate the needs of the entire country. What does Pakistan have?
The Supreme Court Dam Fund has been initiated to gather capital for the construction Diamer Basha and Mohmand Dams in Pakistan but these projects will take almost 10 to 15 years to complete. On the other hand, the nation’s water consumption will increase as population increases. We need to create water backup now. Join hands with us by signing a petition to develop a water storage system for the country. It’s the hour of need.