WAPDA chairman briefed about the mega projects

WAPDA Chairman Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain (Retd) briefed a delegation of National Security Workshop at National Defence University (NDU) Islamabad about mega projects of water storage. In order to integrated mechanism to connect water resources across the country to attain water along with the food and energy security of Pakistan, a meeting was headed by Major General Asif Ali. The top-notch delegation encompassed members of the National Assembly, Provincial Assemblies of Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh, Legislative Assemblies of AJ&K and Gilgit Baltistan, bureaucrats, officers of the armed forces and members from the civil society. Updating the delegation, the Chairman highlighted the eight mega projects commanded by WAPDA. The enlisted stressed projects are Diamer Basha Dam, Mohmand Dam and Dasu. As per the scheduled, the projects are subjected to complete by 2028-29. This will add 11 million acre-feet to gross water storage capacity, mitigate floods, irrigate 1.6 million acres of land and generate 9000 megawatt of hydel electricity. Due to water shortage, per capita water availability in the country has come down to 908 cubic meters per annum, this has pushed Pakistan at the verge of breakdown. Currently, Pakistan can store only 10 percent of its annual river flows against the world average of 40 percent. Thus to tackle this horrific situation, water conservation and management strategies is the need of hour.