KP’s water resources commission
Availability of water was among the urgent few problems, which Pakistan faced immediately after Independence on August 14, 1947. From time to time, top-heavy bureaucratic bodies on water continued to be formed and dissolved. School textbooks still have chapters on the high-sounding Indus Water Commission. Now in 2021, the provincial government has its own claims. It says that KP has the honour of being the first province in the country to have the Water Resources Commission. The water body has formally started functioning. As coincidence would have it, the first meeting of the commission was held, when the World Water Week was being observed at the international level. It is said that the commission will meet after every six months. This means that it will meet twice a year. The situation of water needs to be monitored 24/7. That means seven days of the week and 24 hours of the day. There are questions about the usefulness of such a commission. For example, the level of underground water is constantly going down. The commission members have no technique to stop the process. Similarly, top politicians keep issuing statements about the conservation of rainwater. There is not a single plant in Peshawar or any other KP town, where rainwater can be saved for subsequent use. Instead of saving water, the low-paid municipal employees and PDA workers can be seen wasting water. They bring slabs of fast-growing grass from one place and plant it in Wazir Bagh and elsewhere. They generously water the grass, while other vital cash crops are thirsting for a drop of water. In the same manner, the municipal staff waste water in washing the bungalows of their seniors. The floors can easily be cleaned with wet towels.