LAHORE - India constructed dams at every fifteen miles but Pakistan could not construct a single Kalabagh dam that caused many floods costing billions of rupees to the nation.

The speakers said at Hameed Nizami Press Institute of Pakistan addressing ‘National Experts Conference on Floods Prevention and Control in Pakistan at HNPIP Auditorium near China Chowk on Thursday.

In the first session, Gen (r) Rahat Latif was the chief guest while Nespak Vice President Dr Mansoor Hashmi, and Engr Mian Fazal Ahmad and others were speakers. HNPIP Director Absar Abdul Ali was the moderator of the programme organised in collaboration with the Engineers Study Forum.

The conference participants passed a resolution for construction of Kalabagh Dam. Gen (r) Rahat Latif supported the cause of KBD and said that even the small dams could be useful enough to avoid floods.

Mian Fazal Ahmad said that Pakistan faced many floods since its independence and incurred losses of trillions of rupees in terms of damage. No comprehensive planning could be made in this regard, he added. Bangladesh also had experienced the same floods but countered them after devising strategy.

MPA Amna Ulfat said that Pakistan might construct mini dams instead of KBD. Quoting Shamasul Haq she said that there was no loss to Noshera city in this regard. Brig (r) Hamid said that floods hit only poor because the rich are saved by the policy makers.

The speakers were on the same page to construct big as well as small dams to resolve energy crisis and the floods devastation to avert billions of rupees losses to national kitty.