Access to clean and safe drinking water has been a major challenge Pakistan is faced with today. Nearly half of the country’s population is without clean and safe drinking water facility and compelled to consume contaminated water, which causes water-borne diseases.
The United Nations General Assembly had declared access to clean and safe drinking water as fundamental human rights on July 28, 2010 through a resolution. The word body calls upon States and international organisations to provide financial resources, help capacity-building and technology transfer to help countries, in particular developing countries, to provide safe, clean, accessible and affordable drinking water and sanitation for all.
Despite recognition of this important right, Pakistan is among the top 10 countries with the greatest numbers of people living without safe and clean drinking water.
Keeping in view the gravity of the situation, the provincial government of Punjab has decided to set up Aab Pak Authority, which will deal with issues relating to the provision of safe and clean drinking water.
Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhamad Sarwar will be overseeing the Authority. The authority will strive and work for ensuring the provision of clean and safe drinking water to the people of the province.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has made a commitment in its election manifesto that it would work for provision of safe and drinking water to the people after coming into power.
Sources in the provincial government said that the authority will be set up through promulgation of an Ordinance. Later on, the ordinance will be passed from the provincial assembly.
A notification will be issued regarding the establishment of the authority within a week. The provincial authorities have completed papers work regarding the issue.
Governor Chaudhry Sarwar said the provision of clean and safe drinking water across the provinces was the topmost priority of the government. He said the issue will be addressed on an urgent basis.