KARACHI: Mian Nasser Hyatt Maggo, President FPCCI, said that Pakistan needs to invest and work towards water conservation through research and evidence-based indigenous solutions; he was addressing the first meeting of FPCCI’s Central Standing Committee on “Industry-Academia Collaboration on Water Resources.”
Chief Guest, Mr. Zaigham Mahmood Rizvi, Chairman Prime Minister’s Task Force on Naya Pakistan Housing Scheme, said that the Honourable Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr. Imran Khan is very much aware of the water scarcity and the ever-increasing need for water conservation.
Mr. Zaigham Rizvi added that we need to adopt recycling as a regular practice to optimize water usage in Pakistan as rest of the world; otherwise, Pakistan cannot fulfill the water requirements of the industry and common man. He also emphasized that we need to differentiate between the drinking water and water needed for other household needs.
Mian Nasser Hyatt Maggo said that industry is hugely suffering due to chronic water shortages and the water supplied through tankers is very expensive. He added that the cost of water is substantially affecting the competitiveness and cost of production for Pakistani exporters. He emphasized the need of rainwater harvesting and drip irrigation techniques to be adopted on war footings as these techniques can be utilized with minimal investment and swift employability.
Mr. Waseem Vohra, Convener of FPCCI’s Central Standing on Water Resources, said that FPCCI is hopeful that Mr. Mahmood Rizvi will raise the concerns of the business community with PM on water scarcity and shortages and the resultant losses.
FPCCI is willing to collaborate with academia and the Government of Pakistan to find solutions to water issues of the country – and, bring all the stakeholders together to work towards a common cause to protect our coming generations from water scarcity and debilitating shortages.