Imran Khan and his team from PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) promised us:
PTI will build dams and solve our water crisis with immediate steps to conserve and improve management of water. We will expedite development of requisite infrastructure and ensure implementation of Pakistan’s national water policy and our water plan for each province.
Pakistan is predicted to reach absolute water scarcity by 2025. This impending crisis is a result of inadequate water conservation efforts and poor management. Pakistan’s economy is already one of the most water-intensive in the world and the situation will only worsen with population growth, urbanisation and high water losses in agriculture; let alone the threat from climate change and unresolved regional water disputes. Solving Pakistan’s water crisis will undoubtedly be our top priority.
We will strengthen our Ministry of Water Resources, other water sector institutions and build a platform to encourage stakeholder participation.
We will improve and ensure implementation of our master water plan for each province and the national water policy.
We will launch an aggressive public awareness campaign on the “Need for water conservation” and against “The mismanagement of water”.
We will create opportunities for public-private partnerships to expedite implementation of our National Water Policy.
We will pursue and resolve issues pertaining to our water treaty at all forums.
We will expedite construction of Diamer-Bhasha dam and will speed up feasibility studies for other dams.
We will build small dams across Pakistan to conserve water and fulfil local demand.
We will champion all initiatives to improve water management in urban and rural areas, especially ICT enabled interventions.
We will reduce share of non-revenue generating water, crackdown on over-abstraction and commit to recharging our aquifer.
We will drastically cut water losses in Agriculture by promoting best practices, smart interventions and improved monitoring of farms.
We will aggressively expand our rainwater catchment capacity in urban and rural areas.
We will invest to improve research, water information management systems, disaster relief management and support adaptation to climate change.
You can read these promises in the complete manifesto document released by PTI available HERE in English and HERE in Urdu.
Find below the expert`s analysis on the progress of above promise :