Diamer- Bhasha dam

Like several other mega projects in various sectors, Diamer-Bhasha dam has also been in boiling pot for many years for various reasons mainly being financial resources availability, delay in land acquisition, local issues and political apathy.
However, it is good to note that WAPDA is going to start civil work on Diamir-Bhasha dam along with Mohmand dam next year. The Diamir-Bhasha dam is located on Indus River about 315 kilometres upstream of Tarbela dam and 165 km downstream of Gilgit and 40 km of Chilas and on completion will be highest earth-filled dam in the world. It is scheduled to be completed in ten years.
According to the reports the Diamer-Bhasha dam is expected to provide 8.1 million acres feet (MAF) of gross water storage with power generation capacity of 4500 megawatt of cheap and clean energy. However, not much information is immediately available about Mohmand Dam.
While it is quite commendable that construction work on already somewhat delayed Diamer-Bhasha dam is going to be resumed next year, the incumbent federal government will be creating a history if much criticised more on political grounds then technical, condemned and discarded multi-purpose Kalabagh dam is revived with renewed efforts for evolving national consensus among the federating units by removing their reservations and apprehensions on priority basis as time is fast running out of our hands and water being wasted due lack of additional major storage facility. All the federating units should give due consideration to the national interests over and above everything else, revisit Kalabagh dam and build it at the earliest for the people and the country.
M.Z.RIFAT,
Lahore

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