PM's meeting on water conservation

October 31, 2018

Prime Minister Imran Khan today gave go-ahead to the Ministry of National Food Security & Research to develop three major projects for conservation of 9 MAF water through lining of the watercourse across the country and laser leveling of the fields, enhancement of 6,00,00 acres of command area of small and mini dams and water conservation in Barani areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 
The Prime Minister was chairing a meeting on water conservation at Prime Minister’s Office.
These interventions are in line with the agenda of the PTI Government. The Prime Minister’s first 100 days agenda includes massive expansion in water conservation efforts through smart interventions to reduce water losses.
The project “National Program for improvement of Watercourses in Pakistan Phase-II”, would be undertaken across the country with a target of lining of over 73,000 watercourses and laser leveling of 12,110 units. It was decided that the Government will subsidize laser-levelers for all the provinces with emphasis on Sindh. 
The Prime Minister was informed that an un-utilized command area of around 6,30,000 under small dams and mini dams can to be developed by scaling up pilot intervention made earlier by PARC and Agency for Barani Area Development Punjab. 
The Prime Minister was informed that rain water conservation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa requires small investments in infrastructure and can be implemented through the local governments. These infrastructures include construction of check dams, water retaining facilities, water storage reservoirs, spurs, water ponds and terracing etc to harness rain water for its use in irrigation and other purposes