LAHORE - Punjab Governor, Salmaan Taseer Tuesday said that he agreed in principle that had there been Kalabagh Dam in place at the moment, the level of destruction as a result of present floods would have been negligible. There are no two opinions on the issue that Kalabagh Dam would have averted much of the catastrophe we are facing at the moment. Unfortunately it has now become a political issue, which could only be resolved politically, he told reporters at Governors House before he dispatched a consignment of edibles for flood affectees consisting of sugar, pulses, wheat flour, mineral water and ghee etc. 10 trucks carrying these food items left for Kot Addu this evening from the Governors House. He said political parties may have their different opinions on the issue, but he personally believed that KBD should have been constructed much earlier. He was confident that consensus could be developed on KBD even now. If consensus could be build on 18th amendment and the NFC award, the same could be negotiated over KBD issue, he remarked, adding that PPP government was already making efforts to set up small dams at different locations on the river systems. Replying to a question, he said that Punjab government was certainly doing its best to provide relief to the flood affectees, but no one could be blamed for any slackness as it happened all of a sudden and the volume of destruction was alarmingly high. He said he did not want to criticise any body, as this was the moment to show unity. He, however, said that he was not found of photo sessions, and would only visit the affected areas when normalcy returned there. Those who are fond of such things should fulfil their desires, but I am not interested in doing so, he observed. The governor urged all political parties, party workers and civil society organisations to face the current challenge collectively as they did in case of rehabilitation of IDPs after the Swat operation. When told that Sharif family had donated 10 million rupees for the flood victims, the governor said that if they had done so out of their own pocket he would welcome this gesture on their part. It would have been better had they paid their full taxes to the government, he hurried to add. Taseer said he would dispatch 10 to 20 trucks ton the affected areas on daily basis. To a question about President Zardaris UK visit, he said such tours are planed in advance and there was no point in their cancellation. He said President had gone to France to seek market access for countrys textile products. The President is not there just for the sake of tourism. He is doing everything in countrys interest, he stressed.