PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE ON WATER RESOURCES
(PCWR)

 


I.

PCWS AIMS & OBJECTIVES

 

1.1 Section Summary
1.2 Members of PCWR
1.3 Terms of References
1.4 Technical Committee on Water Resources & TORs


II.

COMMITTEE MODUS OPERANDI

 

2.1 Section Summary
2.2 Committee Modus Operandi


III.

PCWR ACTIONS

 

3.1 Section Summary
3.2 Federal Meetings
3.3 Provincial Meetings & Site Visits
3.4 Media Communication
3.5 Interaction with Technical Committee


IV.

CONSENSUS ACHIEVED

 

4.1 Section Summary
4.2 Studies Below Kotri & Environment
4.3 Water Accord of 1991
4.4 Provincial Priority Projects including Small Reservoirs
4.5 Building Large Storages


V.

GOVERNMENT ACTIONS

 

5.2 Section Summary
5.3 Water Resources & Hydropower Development, Vision-2025
5.4 Irrigation System Improvement Projects
5.5 Conservation Measures - Lining


VI.

WATER AVAILABILITY AND LARGE DAM SITES

 

6.1 Section Summary
6.2 Water Availability
6.3 Large Dam Sites


VII.

RECOMMENDATIONS

 

7.1 Section Summary
7.2 IRSA's Telemetry System
7.3 1991 Water Accord Implementation
7.4 Provincial Priority Projects including Small Reservoirs
7.5 Confidence Building Measures (CBMs)
7.6 Large Dams
7.7 Media Plan
7.8 Implementation Plan & Leadership
7.9 Committee Acknowledgements & Support


VIII.

WAY FORWARD

IX.

ATTACHMENTS

X.

APPENDICES

XI.

LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS

XII.

MAPS

 


FOREWORD

The Government has been viewing with concern the water scarcity situation in the country, particularly in light of the recent spell of drought. With increasing population and sedimentation of reservoirs, Pakistan is fast heading towards a situation of water scarcity and it is estimated that 2010 could be the first water deficient year for Pakistan.

In order to effectively use water to meet the future demands for food and fibre, there is dire need to evolve strategies for the conservation, management and development of our water resources. Recognizing the need to address issues in the water sector, and in order to develop consensus on the water strategy, the Speaker of the National Assembly constituted the Parliamentary Committee on Water Resources (PCWR) on October 10, 2003.

Since its inception, the Committee held extensive deliberations with Federal Ministries and Departments for understanding the country's Water Strategy. Provinces were visited twice to seek Provincial Governments position on water strategy as well as to have interaction with elected/ non-elected politicians, stakeholders including farmers, NGOs, technocrats and columnists, etc. Several project sites were visited including a day long aerial view of projects in NWFP. The recommendations contained in this report have been developed as an outcome of the proceedings and deliberations, followed by meetings amongst the members of PCWR.

The Parliamentary Committee on Water Resources takes great pleasure in presenting its Interim Report. It is hoped that the implementation of our recommendations will not only unleash powerful forces of positive growth in Pakistan economy but will also weld the unity of our Federation with even stronger bonds.


Senator Nisar A. Memon
Chairman

 

 

Senator Ms. Anisa Zeb Tahirkheli Member

Senator Mir M. Naseer Mengal Member

 

 

Senator Syed Dilawar Abbas Member

Al Syed Abdul Qadir Jamaluddin Al-Gillani Member

 

 

Haji Muhammad Ali Malkani, MNA Member

Jehangir Khan Tareen, MNA Member

 

Sher Akbar Khan, MNA Member

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