Energy crisis and Kalabagh Dam

Published May 09, 2013 03:07am

THIS refers to a report (May 3) wherein the thermal power’s yearly cost is about $7 billion in the form of oil imports. This is the result of not building the Kalabagh Dam which would have given us $7 billion yearly in the form of cheap power and agriculture boom.

But this was not to be due to the silly obstruction of some of our political parties that could not see beyond their nose. The plight of Pakistan with 12 to 16 hours of loadshedding resulting in industrial shutdown and massive unemployment is for all to see.

The political parties vying against each other to promise utopia for Pakistan are forgetting the basic fact that without addressing the energy problem they cannot usher in prosperity.

Everybody is oblivious of the importance of the Kalabagh Dam to solve all our economic problems and they are only giving sweet dreams to the gullible public without mentioning the Kalabagh dam which holds the key to progress in Pakistan.

DR M.YAQOOB BHATTI Lahore Cantt


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Comments (9) (Closed)


Noor
May 09, 2013 03:46pm
May Allah give them vision, who donot see the benefits of Kalabagh dam, with no realistic issues.
Sufian
May 10, 2013 04:44am
nowhere in the world - specially the first world, is political consensus taken on issues of national value. If a road or dam is needed by the entire nation then so be it. The "technical reservations" have been discussed many a times and all issues put to rest - water accord being a good example in which all provinces signed off on the technical viability of the dam. The simple fact is that this is the only site which can be used for monsoon water accumulation and no other site in pakistan can provide an ample substitute. Rather then fighting amongst ourselves, we should make an effort to find the facts and list them categorically.
Junaid
May 09, 2013 05:54pm
Yaar I am from Karachi and I think they should have built it while compensating the Lower Sindh affected residents accordingly. No major dam anywhere in the world is free from such negative "side effects". We have to take the big picture of national interest into account. And if they decided not to build it...they should have made smaller projects. Doing nothing wasnt an option.
Tariq
May 10, 2013 03:48am
Kala Bagh Dam is the main reason for all this crisis. It was envisaged to build during Zia period, but put into the back burner becuase of the opposition by General Faza-e-Haq (NWFP Governer)., and later on it was opposed by all 3 provinces of Pakistan Now let me tell you very clear, Kala Bagh is not the last dam of Pakistan, Pakistan has a potential to generate around 30,000 MW hydel energy from dams. Therefore it was a treason with this country that we have wasted our 27 years and didn't built a single dam to generate electricity. This has happened just becuase Punjab is not interested in buiding any other dam except kala bagh dam and since this dam is impossible to build because of the oppposition from remaining three provinces therefore I don't see any other dam will be build in this country in future as policy making is in the hands of Punjabi beaurocracy and they will never let this happen.
YMMIR
May 09, 2013 09:13pm
THE WEEK LEADERS HAVE MADE A MESS THIS DAM SHOULD HAVE BEEN BUILT IN 1990 YOU CANNOT PLEASE EVERY BODY BUT BOLD LEADERS TAKE DECISIONS ON NATIONAL INTERESTS
Ozz777
May 09, 2013 08:34am
See, a lot of people, including me, have serious reservations regarding the dam on technical grounds. You are against the 'obstructions' and I respect that. But that hardly makes them 'silly'.
Dr Khan
May 09, 2013 10:21am
Lahoris are obsessed with kala bagh dam.
Akram
May 09, 2013 10:29am
although this dam may hold promise, its important that the dam is not built without support from Sindh, KPK and Balochistan. Although the country maybe better off with it, the benefits from this dam must be better shared with the smaller provinces, in order to get their support. Otherwise it maybe better to look to other solutions for the energy crises such as smaller dams. Water distribution is important matter and should not be something that divides the provinces.
HNY2013
May 09, 2013 02:20pm
bhai light bhi to unki hi gul hai 12 ghante se