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Importance of Kalabagh Dam


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THIS refers to the letter ‘Energy crisis and Kalabagh Dam’ (May 9).

Dr M. Yaqoob Bhatti rightly says that it holds key to progress in Pakistan. God knows how many millions we have already spent (wasted) on its feasibility study, but to no avail. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa says it will drown Nowshera, while Sindh says it will dry out the downstream Sindh river.

This is an engineering project based on scientific analysis, yet it couldn’t be sold to the two provinces. There are reports that the opposition is prompted by India and our obdurate politicians are not sincere in opposing it.

Although seemingly improbable, these reports get some credence when attention was shifted to he Bhasha Dam, a less advantageous project because of hilly terrain, only to be objected by India, being located in a ‘disputed’ territory.

India by distorting the spirit of the Indus Basin Treaty goes on building dams on the rivers that belong to Pakistan, making itself self-sufficient both in water and electricity at our expense.

Pakistan is exposed to double whammy, suffer water shortage as well as power supply, which adversely affect both our agriculture and industry. There is no substitute of water and we don’t have sufficient money to buy fuel to generate thermal power. How can we progress? Rental power and small dams are no answer.

When our leaders will grow up and rise above provincialism and think about Pakistan. Perhaps the gentleman from Mianwali might be able to convince all concerned Kalabagh Dam which happens to be in Mianwali is in everybody’s interest.

SMA Karachi

Comments (15) Closed

Aarif May 15, 2013 04:29am
In last 3 years, there have been 2 devastating floods, inspite of "not having enough water".
MA May 15, 2013 10:11am
Kalabagh dam, from engineering point of view, is located at the most feasible location in Pakistan on Indus. This project is of paramount significance for Pakistan which is being scrapped due to political nonsense.
Ali May 14, 2013 05:05pm
Are you really a doctor?
Khan May 15, 2013 01:25am
Thanks to our previous politicians. They never did any work to eradicate the electricity and water problems. At the same time they could never come up with any other bright solutions. It seems like either they did not want to solve the country's issues deliberately or they were void of any ideas at all.
skeptic May 14, 2013 08:42pm
no. and now since you have mentioned it then do enlighten us on what those might be?
Munir Ahmad May 14, 2013 04:17am
Why don't Punjab give us Mianwali (to KPK) along with Attock and make a written agreement that any land effected by new dam weather in Mianwali or Nowshera will be compensated i.e. give equivalent Punjab irrigated land to KPK. As for Sind you Punjab still need to honor previous water sharing agreement before it ask for next agreement. Alternatively build Diamler Basha and forget about Kalabagh if you aren't willing to compensate KPK in terms of land and return Mianwali and Attock to us and honor your previous water sharing agreements with Sindh.
Shafi Muhammad May 14, 2013 04:24am
This is not correct that K.B is important because u do not have required water available all the time so one canot take risk against the intrest of the Sindh .This nothing a project for commision just like Rental power and RBOD .It is westren construction companies sponcered project. Dr.Shafi Muhammad
Bashir May 14, 2013 05:38am
I hope the good sense prevails on the new govt in KPK under IK and they create public opinion for KB dam
Riaz Ahmad May 14, 2013 06:05am
The patriotism of the gentleman in Mianwali is beyond doubt, he will indeed be in a position to bring KP to agree, removing one hurdle out of the way. In order to remove the second hurdle, the onus is on the PPP, testing their loyalty to Pakistan. If PPP does not agree, it is best for Punjab government to import electric power for the province by importing surplus electricity from Indian Punjab.
Mansoor Rasool May 14, 2013 06:52am
Dear SMA, I believe you haven't studied the facts of building Kalabagh Dam. I am from South Africa and around Johannesburg city they have number of Dams. So please stop promoting Kalabagh Dam. In South Africa we don't have water shortage and it serves cleanest water in world which rate South Africa No.5 around the world. South African Dam Commission reported in 1999 where Kalabagh Dam is not feasible at all.
Ozz777 May 14, 2013 09:36am
Has it ever occurred to you, and people like Dr. Bhatti, that we might be opposing the KBD not due to any 'prompting by India', but simply because of technical reasons?
Akram May 14, 2013 11:39am
it would be wrong to build a dam without agreement from all provinces, if Punjab wants to build the dam it must compensate the smaller provinces and also share the benefits of the new dam with the smaller provinces in order to get their agreement. This is the way forward, it won't be quick but it will be peaceful, and in the long term interests of the nation.
KCK May 14, 2013 12:15pm
Dear SMA, why do you make India as scapegoat of all your problems? Why don't you ask the farmers of Sindh what happened to waater they used to receive from Indus before Pakistan was created? Who is the major benefactor of the existing dams with referece to water and electric power? Please travel to inner Sindh and speak to the farmers about their sufferings brought in by dams and then write your opinion about dams. Punjab will never allow rightful share of water to Sindh. Please do not blame India blame Punjab for taking away water from Sindh.
Aarif May 15, 2013 04:23am
there are no "technical reasons" it is politics, by short sighted and narrow minded people.
Tahir M May 14, 2013 04:02pm
I am sure you are trying to say having dams is a good idea giving JB as an example. But at the same time you are saying Kalabagh dam is not technically feasible. Your post is as clear as mud.