Acquiring electricity from India

IF we talk about the Indus Basin Treaty of 1960, India has been breaching this treaty for many years. India is building Sawalkot dam (1,200 MW), Pakal Dul dam (1,000 MW) and Baglihar dam on the Chenab.

In spite of this, many small dams are also being built.

According to the treaty, the level of water at Marala should be 55,000 cusecs but after the dam’s completion it will remain at 20,000 cusecs. Pakistan has the capacity to produce 50,000 MW electricity, but if India keeps on breaching the treaty, it will be cut to 11,000 MW.

It is a dilemma for us but nobody is ready to give any attention to this matter.

In the face of it, our government is going to import 1,000 MW electricity from India. Are we going to buy our own electricity? How illogical it is?

India has 206 billion ton reserves of coal and we have 175 billion tons. India is producing 66 per cent of their electricity from coal and we less than one per cent.

It is a matter of grave concern for us. Why can’t we produce electricity on our own? We are wasting 40 macf of water annually.

Why don’t we store this water? Why are we not ready to break the begging bowl? The answer is that we are prone to rely on others.


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Jul 22, 2013 08:12am

India has adhered to all international treaties on the Indus sharing pacts. Except for technical violations, even the UN has not been able to point out anything. In light of these, it would be advisable for the author to not whip up demons where none exist. The power shortage are a function of the absolute vacuum in decision making that prevails in Pakistan. It may be better to shine some light inside atleast once ina while, instead of always shining it outside at your neighbour.

Jul 22, 2013 10:51am

"India has 206 billion ton reserves of coal and we have 175 billion tons"-- This is not a fact...india has at least 20 times more coal reserves than pakistan. Please validate facts before writing anything. The commentator talked about making dams...100 MW dam will require at least 1 billion dollar investment where it will get that money when pakistan require IMF to run the day to day affairs. So whipping passions will take pakistan no where.

Jul 22, 2013 12:14pm

As far as i know India is not going to export 1000 MW of electricity.

Agha Ata
Jul 22, 2013 05:09pm

A good article with a wrong title. :( This article is not about "Acquiring electricity from India," It is about producing electricity on our own.