Govt. should complete work on energy projects early: Abdul Basit

LAHORE: Former Chairman Poultry Association Abdul Basit has urged the government to complete work on all energy projects at the earliest as energy crisis was becoming a big threat for the economic growth.

In a statement issued here, Abdul Basit said that government has to complete Kala Bagh Dam project at any cost.

Abdul Basit alleged that the enemies of Pakistan were spending all their energies to push Pakistan on the brink of starvation but the nation would have to show solidarity to foil their nefarious designs.

He said that Pakistan was one of the countries on the planet earth where the water level was decreasing with every passing day. He said that in the year 1950, the water availability was 5000 cubic meters per capita and in the year 2010 it is 1000 cubic meter per capita while a huge quantity of 35 million acre feet water annually is being thrown into sea. He said that a huge tract of 9 million hectors of land is going waste due to unavailability of water. Abdul Basit said that the water storage capacity of exiting dams had also reduced by 26 per cent.

He said that the water shortage was not only impacting upon agricultural products but it was also aggravating energy situation as there was a time when electricity generated in Pakistan had a bigger hydle energy share in the energy mix and today the situation was other way round. More than half of the electricity is being generated through hydro power that is an unjustified proportion by all means for a country like Pakistan.

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