PM’s call for fund raising for new dams widely hailed in KP

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PESHAWAR, Sep 10 (APP):People from cross sections of the society including water and economic experts here Monday lauded the appeal of Prime Minister Imran Khan for fund raising from within the country and expatriates Pakistanis for construction of Diamir Bhasha and Mohmand dams.
They termed it a significant step towards fulfilling the ever growing energy, water and
agriculture needs of the country.
Strongly supporting Prime Minister Imran Khan’s donation appeal for construction of Diamir Bhasha and Mohmand dams from within and expatriates Pakistanis, former Chairman Wapda Engr Shamsul Mulk told APP on Monday that the entire nation including overseas Pakistani should positively respond to
the PM’s call by generously contributing for the noble-cause.
Indeed it is a matter of great satisfaction to see an overwhelming response from within the country and overseas Pakistanis for donating funds and such national spirits continued, the dams could be
completed at earliest for benefits of people.
“No sector is perhaps most important currently for Pakistan than construction of new dams to have clean drinking water for millions of people, industries and feed agricultural sectors,” he said.
He said,“the construction of new dams including Diamir Bhasa and Mohmand dams would lead to uplift of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where a thousands of hectares of land was lying uncultivated due to water scarcity.”
Mulk said no development is possible with fast depleting energy resources and that agriculture, industrial sectors too direly required water reservoirs to keep their wheal running, adding Pakistan has huge potential to achieve new heights of economic prosperity and development by constructing new dams and reservoirs on war footing basis.
“Approximately 40,000 medium and large size dams had been constructed in the world in 20th century out of them USA built 7500, China 22000, India 4600 dams while Pakistan constructed limited number of dams since 1947,” former Chairman Wapda said.
He regretted that not a single dam was constructed after Turbela dam in the country and resultantly we are currently facing acute water crisis in the country.
“The current water crisis could not have been emerged, if Diamir Bhasa, Mohmand and Kalabagh dams had been constructed timely,” he said, adding all those elements, who opposed construction of Kalabag dam, are in fact misguided about Kalabagh dam besides lack of knowledge about looming water crisis, the county is facing now,” he said.
“If these dams were constructed, we would have 50,000megawatt electricity at our disposal today, but to utter dismay the country was generating around 6000megawatt from hydel resources,” he said.
“We have seen significant positive impact in agriculture sector in DI Khan due to Cheshma lift canal’s water in recent years compare to 50 years ago and if Kalabagh and other dams were constructed a green revolution would come in the southern districts of province,” he said.
Shamsul Mulk said traditionally KP was relying on Punjab’s wheat for meeting food requirements of its people and we can achieve autarky in food by irrigating thousands of acres barren land in southern districts of the province.
Asked of apprehensions of some quarters regarding drowning of Peshawar, Charsadda, Mardan and Nowshera after construction of Kalabagh dam, former Wapda Chairman said these are just myths and there is no truth in it.
He said Kalabagh dam was most feasible project and if was so harmful for KP, then the construction of thousands of dams should have destroyed the entire world including USA, China and India.
Sumbul Riaz, economic expert also welcomed PM’s call for collection of donations for construction of Diamir Bhasha and Mohmand dams and termed generation of financial resources vital for building of new dams to meet the country’s water, agriculture and energy needs. She said the entire nation fully endorsed PM’s decision by generously contributing to the dams’ fund.
She said development of large dams together with Diamir Bhasa and Mohmand dams was inevitable to beat acute scarcity of energy and water state of affairs, adding dams are essential to feed rising population, bring a large barren land under-cultivation, increase agricultural and industrial output and save fertile lands from turning into a deserts.
“The huge devastation’s brought by 2010 floods in Pakistan may simply be averted by establishing new dams and water reservoirs in all potential areas of the country, she mentioned.
“Pakistan can face a serious water disaster if we didn’t construct hydel dams including Mohmand and Diamir Bhasha dam by 2030,” she feared. “Had Pakistan’s water potential was totally tapped up till now, the present load-shedding and water crisis may have been averted,” she maintained.
She said River Sindh was a life line for Pakistan and if its potential was fully tapped Pakistan could become self-sufficient in energy, agriculture and water sectors.
Nazim Bahadar Khan, retired Govt servant Misal Khan and others have also welcomed PM’s call and termed it a significant step forward to achieve autarky in economic, power and food production.
They said Prime Minister Imran Khan deserved full credit and appreciation for making a direct call to Pakistanis especially expats for construction of Diamir Bhasa and Mohmand dams and expressed the hope that Pakistan will achieve new heights of development in all sectors including agriculture and industrial under his dynamic leadership in days to come.