Staff Report ISD: The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has organized a seminar on Water Conservation to mark the World Water Day. The basic purpose of the seminar was to create awareness about water shortage and its impact on Pakistans economy.

Speaking on the occasion, speakers said that water is a main source of power generation and its shortage has great impact on Pakistan agriculture sector. It is a matter of concern that water scarcity is increasing day by day. We are throwing away more than 35 million acre feet water into Arabian Sea.

LCCI President Ijaz A Mumtaz stated that with every passing year, Pakistans water availability have shrunk from 5,000 cubic meters per capita to 1000 cubic meters . He further continued by citing the reference of World Bank analysis that Pakistan water storage capacity has decreased to 150 cubic meters per capita. He emphasized that the government should take measure for water conservation and its effective use, asserting that efficient use of water through water conservation would reduce capital and operational cost leading to economic stability and growth. He said that these evidences demand a serious concern to establish water reservoirs to increase Pakistan storage capacity.

Mian Nauman Kabir, Senior Vice President said that agriculture sector is the backbone of Pakistans economy and 45% labor is associated with this sector so without water, there was no survival of agriculture and Pakistan would face bad consequences socially as well economically.

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