LAHROE - LCCI Standing Committee on KBD Chairman Abdul Basit has said that Kalabagh Dam is the most feasible and economical project which was the only solution to the problems of electricity shortage and depleting irrigation water for the agriculture sector which is backbone of the national survival.

Kalabagh Dam has the capacity to wipe out loadshedding and increase industrial output by $5-6 billion a year, while its contribution to value addition in agricultural output could go up to $10 billion a year. The dam has also potential to single-handedly wipe out rural poverty in Pakistan. Every province stands to benefit from this project.

He said that opponents of Kalabagh Dam are creating a host of problems for Pakistan. Reacting to a recent statement of ANP chief Asfandyar Wali that Pakistan and Kalabagh dam cannot go together, Abdul Basit said that in fact people of Pakistan could not go together now with the opponents of Kalabagh dam.

He further said that in 2013 general elections, Awami National Party had got less than 5 percent of the registered votes of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, it did not suit them to talk on behalf of the entire province.

He appealed to the opponent of KBD to have mercy on the people of KP in particular and of Pakistan in general and change their stance against the big reservoir.  Abdul Basit pointed out that the dam would not only generate 3,600 megawatt power but would also provide additional 2.2 million acre water to the KP, 4 million to Sindh, 2 million to Punjab and another 1.5 million acre water to Balochistan for irrigation purpose.

Dr Salman Shah said that the KBD is the only project in Pakistan that can make power affordable for the masses in a short period of five years. It is also the only project that can make the economy competitive and sustainable without the crutches of bailouts and loss of sovereignty.

The future prosperity of eastern Sindh is now certainly closely linked to water storage from the construction of the Kalabagh dam. This epic mega project can transform the rural economy of Sindh, generate large-scale employment, huge agricultural surpluses and quickly wipe out rural poverty.