Pakistan’s Water Resources to Run Out by 2025: Report

According to a report by Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), Pakistan is running out of water in the near future and will reach absolute water scarcity by 2025. Pakistan crossed the “water stress line” back in 1990 and crossed the “water scarcity” line by 2005. If this situation continues, Pakistan will face severe water shortages or even a drought-like situation.

To counteract this problem, PCRWR needs to conduct detailed research at varying levels to find a solution for this problem. An official from the Ministry of Science and Technology added, “Unfortunately, the PCRWR has no funds to ensure sustainable research”.

PCRWR Calls for More Funding to Tackle the Water Emergency

The Council is a part of the Science and Technology Ministry. It is responsible for conducting, coordinating, promoting and organizing research on different aspects of water resources.

PCRWR demanded Rs 50 Million from the government as endowment fund. An endowment fund could remove their dependence on the annual Public Sector Development.

The fund will focus on poverty alleviation and water scarcity by surveying regions at different levels which they aim to do without waiting for annual budget allocation and PSDP funds. Mohammad Khalid Siddiqui of the Science and Technology Ministry admitted to not having enough money for PCRWR’s functioning. He also revealed that efforts are being made to get more funding from the government.

The source of the funds will include the savings from research projects and income from the proposed endowment funds which are expected to come from both national and international donors. The Rs 50 million seed money will be provided by the government itself.

An official from Science and Technology Ministry commented:

The funds will help continue and sustain research activities, which are the need of the hour in a country like Pakistan where rising population is decreasing per capita water availability.

via Express Tribune

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  • Well it looks more about funds then actual problem. How on earth they came up with that 2025 number? If they already did the research then they solutions already been found. Dumb shits Har banda hi line me lga hua hy khao program…

    • Dams na sahi “damn fools” tou khoob bana leytay hein hein, awam ko, apnay hukumran aur siasatdan’s.

      • sab india ke paisey ka kamal hai. bad mein woh ishi investment (bribing politicians not to make dams in Pakistan) se kai guna zaida profit kamaie ga.

  • This is a serious matter and needs to be seriously considered, planned and executed. It had been predicted by the global warming scientists, few years ago that Indian sub-continent would be hit by water shortage which will effect the lives of people inhabiting this area. Glaciers would melt, there would be floods followed by dry periods. Crops would fail. People will be forced to migrate.
    But I am pretty damn sure nothing would be done until the problem has our necks in its grips. Sure there would be studies and few ribbon cutting ceremonies and that would be all. People would be left to fend for themselves. Anyway, thanks for bringing this issue to limelight; its always better to know whats coming your way and prepare (on your own, and if you can) accordingly.

  • These F-turds have budget for their salaries, but none for research. Really? Such leech departments should be shutdown with immediate effect. What good are they when they are accomplishing merely a squat in their fancy offices and cruisers?

  • Lets make a commission on this report & pay hefty amount to the commission member (some senetors, parlimentarians & retired judges) to submit another report on this report. The commission will swallow 1000% times more budget than requested by this report. And then eventually burn all reports in to ashes of time

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