Quetta (Muhammad Yasir) Balochistan Rural Support Programme BRSP in collaboration with Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF), PHED, WASA, & GIZ commemorated “World Water Day 2021” in Quetta. In this regard, an awareness walk on importance of water was organized from Metropolitan office to Serena hotel.
The participants were major stakeholders including line departments, teachers, students, civil society members, media representative. Honorable Governor Balochistan, Amanullah Yasinzai was the chief guest of the event. Holger Ziegler Consul General Sindh, Minister PHED Saleh Nasar Secretary PHED, Roshan Khursheed Bharucha, Chairperson PPAF attended the event.
Speaking at the occasion The Governor of Balochistan said that “We need to do more in order to get our province out of this predicament. Uncontrolled population growth, lack of urban planning and unregulated urbanization, both due to rural-urban migration as well as influx of refugees in Quetta city have further burdened our already stressed water sources. PHED is making efforts in the province to rehabilitate a desalination plant in Quetta and working on constructing dams which will provide some relief to our water deficient city.”
Nadir Gul Barrech, CEO of BRSP said,” BRSP worked to empower communities so that people are able to sustain and replicate BRSP’s interventions in their villages. This has been, especially, true in case of water and sanitation projects. BRSP and GIZ are continuously working to reach SDG 15 by 2030.”
The honorable guest of the event Saleh Nasar (Secretary PHED) speaking to the event said that “Quetta’s water supply is limited, QESCO and WAPDA struggle to provide electricity to the city and from time to time are forced to shut down tube wells. The fast-depleting water resources in the region call for prompt action in the right direction. A number of dams are in pipeline and we hope that we will be able to meet the demand for water in the coming years.”