M Khan Sial reminds me of Rip Van Winkle who kept sleeping while the world moved on. He does not know that it is no longer Punjab that controls distribution of river waters but IRSA, and Sindh has three votes in IRSA to one vote for Punjab. If Punjab was in charge would CJ and TP link canals be shut down so frequently? Even at present more than 10 maf is flowing below Kotri but all in the three flood months. To provide year round protection to the Indus delta, the flood waters flowing below Kotri need to be stored in dams and the required dose released every month. Mangla and Tarbela dams are unable to store all the flood waters, only Kalabagh dam can do that. The degradation of the Indus delta can be stopped only by building more dams. The choice is to build Kalabagh dam or wait 15 years for Bhasha dam. While Mangla dam replaced the waters lost to India, Tarbela dam increased canal supplies by 25 percent, with which Sindh was able to cultivate 20 lakh additional acres, and Kalabagh dam will add a further 6.1 maf. Under the Water Accord Sindh’s share in all future dams has been increased by decreasing Punjab’s share. It would be equal share for both despite the vast disparity in population and in the area under cultivation. Sindh needs Kalabagh dam more than Punjab and not having the suitable groundwater that Punjab has.


Lahore, April 1.