Water Resource Commission becomes functional for effective water management in KP

PESHAWAR: The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Wednesday achieved a milestone by constituting Water Resources Commission for the protection, preservation and effective management of water resources in the province.

The Water Resources Commission has formally started functioning.

The first meeting of the commission held here with Chief Minister Mahmood Khan in the chair. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has become the first ever province of the country to have its Water Resources Commission.

Besides provincial cabinet members Taimur Saleem Jhagara, Mohibullah Khan, Kamran Bangash, Chief Secretary Dr Kazim Niaz and administrative secretaries of departments concerned attended the meeting.

The 21-member commission has been constituted under Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Water Act 2020, and is headed by the chief minister.

Other members of the commission include provincial ministers, chief secretary, administrative secretaries and experts from the private sector.

The commission would take all such policy decisions for the purpose of conserving, redistributing and augmenting the water resources in the province, allocating water resources for different purposes and securing the proper use of water resources in the province.

The commission will meet at least once after a period of six months.

It is pertinent to mention here that the first meeting of the commission is coinciding with World Water Week 2021.

Briefing the meeting about different aspects of Water Resources Commission, it was told that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Water Regulatory Authority has also been established for the implementation of policy decisions of the commission and to regulate all the matters related to water resources. – APP