LAHORE - Tharparker Tragedy is an eye-opener for not the Federal and the Provincial governments alone but for the whole nation as well because such drought-like situation could erupt in any part of the country in the face of fast depleting water resources and a ballooning population, said LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari.
He said that it was high time for the government to put all political considerations aside for the sake of national interests and our future generations.
“The future generations would not forgive us on our failure to take immediate measures to overcome water challenge that was not only posing a grave threat to our food security but fast turning huge tacks of land into barren areas.”
While expressing grave concern over deaths in Tharparkar, the LCCI President called for long term planning to overcome water shortage.
“Whenever the national interests would be compromised, such bad situations are bound to crop up on national scene. Had a little attention towards building on new dams been given in the past, the situation today would have been quite different.”
We are throwing water worth billion of dollars into the sea instead of paving the way for construction of dams.
The country’s food security is under threat due to fast depleting water resources but wav we are throwing water worth billions of dollars into the sea instead of paving the way for construction of dams is deplorable.
All countries the world give preference to the national interest on politics but in Pakistan, the situation remained the other way round in the past. The dams would not only save the country from natural calamities but would also ensure our food security due to availability of water.
Now the situation has reached the point that neither cheap electricity is available nor ample water to irrigate huge arable lands. It all was a result of past rulers lethargic attitude towards issues on national importance.
The LCCI president said that Kalabagh Dam is the only project in Pakistan that can not only make power affordable for the masses, trade and industry but it would also help irrigate huge lands that are turning barren only because of an acute water shortage. It is also the only project that can make the economy competitive and sustainable.
The Dam, having an annual cost will be around Rs22 billion, will produce up to 15 billion units of electricity every year at an average cost of Rs1.5/kwh. This cheap power will annually displace costly power worth approximately Rs300 billion with consequential savings of costly oil imports.
The dam will wipe out loadshedding and increase industrial output while its contribution to value addition in agricultural output could go up to $10 billion a year. The dam has the potential to single-handedly wipe out rural poverty in Pakistan. Every province stands to benefit from this project. The LCCI President said that since the Kalabagh dam is a rain fed dam, therefore, it would also reduce the possibility of devastating floods in the country in future.