Construction of Kalabagh Dam inevitable to fight water scarcity: WAPDA

A view of Kalabagh river.
The Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) chairman on Monday briefed a Senate body that construction of the controversial Kalabagh Dam was “inevitable” in face of the severe scarcity of water in the country.

Wapda Chairman retired Lt Gen Muzamil Hussain said this as he briefed the Senate Forum for Policy Research on the country’s water crisis, highlighting the necessity for the development of water reservoirs.

It is pertinent to mention that Pakistan is currently facing a severe scarcity of water and the country’s name has appeared on a list of the world’s 15-most water scarce nations at the fourth spot.

Hussain said the Kalabagh Dam would have the capacity to hold 6.1 million acre-feet of water and would generate 3,600 megawatts of electricity.

The chairman further said if the Diamer-Bhasha dam is not completed by 2018 the water crisis may worsen.

“Punjab is willing to make necessary sacrifices for the Kalabagh Dam,” former senator Mohammad Anwar Bhinder said during the meeting.

“To consider the Kalabagh Dam project as anti-Pakistan is incorrect. It will benefit the whole country,” he added.

However, Awami National Party leader Afrasiab Khattak asked that no further discussion should take place on the controversial project as it had been rejected by three provinces.

Khattak said that every Wapda chairman had spoken about the dam, and regretted that such discussions were still taking place.

The forum, agreeing on the necessity to pay heed to the water crisis, decided to send a list of suggestions regarding the matter to the Senate.

“For 20 years various water projects have been under discussion but nothing has been materialised,” the forum said.

Originally Posted on SuchTv


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