The prestigious journal has reported that a Chinese water expert from Nanjing suggests a hydel potential of 2 Iac MW from Tibetan rivers including Brahmaputra while only 500 MW have so far been harnessed. This has however upset security hawks in India, who fear that even run-of-the-river hydropower dams, which do not use large reservoirs, could disrupt the timing of water flow. Precisely the same fear was expressed by downstream Pakistani experts, that scores of Indian dams on Western rivers in Kashmir, built on the so-called run-of-the river basis, could disrupt water supply at critical times, as had happened in case of river Chenab whereof water supply was stopped for storing water by India for power generation, thus destroying crops on hundreds of thousand acres in Pakistan.

We leave it to India to build massive dams on our Western rivers. We are now in a moribund state and have not made any workable plans for the last four decades for mega hydroelectric dams in our area. Only 15 percent hydel potential of power is realised from estimated 44000 MW of power due to lack of mega dams. We are banking only on one mega dam i.e. Bhasha, for which there is no promise of funding from international agencies due to lack of NOC from India. We smugly wait for some heavenly aid to finance the dam, while Kalabagh dam which lies in our undisputed area and for which we do not need a NOC is being delayed by the enemies of the country in the guise of petty provincial disputes.

A ray of hope has appeared by winning of elections in KPK by Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf and all eyes are now on it for a hopeful resolution of Kalabagh dam imbroglio. This concerns every one of us who breaths and lives in Pakistan. We have to change our attitude and open our eyes to the truth of Kalabagh dam and our stances on hydel power dams that are a lifeline for Pakistan.


Lahore, June 3.