PESHAWAR: Arshad Ayub Khan, the Provincial Minister for Irrigation, stated on Wednesday that the construction of housing colonies on agricultural land would be prohibited.
These directives were issued while presiding over a review meeting on ongoing small dam projects attended by Secretary Irrigation Muhammad Ayaz, Additional Secretary Nawaz Khan, Director General Small Dams Sahibzada Shabbir, and other relevant officials.
The minister also stated that the construction of housing colonies on agricultural lands would be discouraged at every level as it has posed a risk to food security.
Besides, he claimed that building small dams would raise underground water levels and help agriculture by increasing underground water storage.
The Provincial Irrigation Minister was also briefed on projects currently underway under the supervision of the Small Dams Directorate.