ISLAMABAD (Staff Report) – Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) on Sunday said government should establish water banks to save country from looming drought and ensure water security.

Water resources are rapidly plummeting decreasing per capita water availability has by 80 percent since 1951 while no mega water storage project has been constructed after the completion of the Tarbela Dam despite availability of lot of sites including Kalabagh, said Atif Ikram Sheikh, President ICCI.

According to press release issued here on Sunday, climate change has disturbed pattern of rainfall in the country while over dependence on groundwater has reduced its level to alarming limits which must be noticed.

Atif said that the whole country is increasingly coming under extreme water strain but the situation in Balochistan is much more critical where groundwater shortage has reached catastrophic proportions.

The ICCI president advised government to build recharge reservoirs, intercept and flood water at catchment areas to recharge ground water, build mall dams, and ensure consensus on big dams, he proposed.