ADVOCATING early construction of the Kalabagh dam, eminent water expert Eng BA Malik has said that technically the Bhasha dam site was not suitable for a mega structure.
There is no dam in the world with the height of Diamer Bhasha Dam, which could be dangerous, keeping in view seismic and other technical aspects, said Engr Bashir A. Malik, former chief technical advisor of the United Nations and World Bank, while delivering keynote address at a seminar organised by the TECH Society Club on Water shortage and Indian water aggression here on Sunday.
He said Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had first taken up the issue of construction of Kalabagh Dam back in 1972, which later could not be implemented by any Pakistani ruler. He termed construction of Kalabagh dam pivotal for resolving problems related to water shortage and electricity crisis.
Talking about opposition of this vital project by various quarters, he said Sindh and Pakhtunkhwah would become drought areas in the years to come, if Kalabagh Dam was not built. He maintained that both these provinces would get maximum benefit following construction of the KBD.
He alleged that India was sponsoring opposition to Kalabagh Dam project through various pressure groups. He observed that Pakistani politicians could not implement major national projects like Kalabagh Dam due to political compromises and lack of national consensus, terming it an unfortunate development.
Throwing light on trans-boundary water disputes, Malik said India was using Indus Water Treaty as a tool for depriving Pakistan of its due share of water. He recalled that Pakistani rulers signed Indian Water Treaty just to please a super power. He maintained that besides national level loss, Indus Water Treaty was directly hitting agriculture sector of Punjab province.
He lamented that India was aggressively exploiting water resources as 190 dams were being built there while Pakistan had not been able to build even one major water reservoir for last many decades. He said, We should not forget that Pakistani farmers cannot produce anymore if India stops water for even a one week.
Earlier, Zubair Sheikh, TECH Club president, said if politicians and rulers of Pakistan were not able to implement national projects like Kalabagh Dam, the history would never forgive them.
Noted poet Jameel Gishkori recited his poem depicting the present scenario of Pakistan. IRSA former Chairman Engr Shafqat Masood and Istiqlal Party President Manzoor Gillani also spoke on the occasion. In the end, Dr Muhammad Sadiq, president of TECH Society, thanked the speakers.