LAHORE – The Central and North Punjab Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CNPWCCI) has welcomed the Lahore High Court’s recent decision on the Kalabagh Dam, saying that early construction of the dam is inevitable for survival of Pakistan because if the government fails to take any practical step poverty and hunger will be the endless fate.

The CNPWCCI President Qaisra Sheikh, founder president Dr Shehla Javed Akram, vice president Shazia Suleman and immediate past president Kokab Parveen said that the federal government should implement the LHC verdict as the proposed dam is purely an economical and developmental plan not only for a single province but for the whole country.

CNP Women Chamber president Qaisra Sheikh stated that it is the best and most favorable plan with respect to the location, storage capacity, energy producing and irrigation benefits for Pakistan.

She said that the Kalabagh Dam was not only beneficial to Punjab alone but it would be more helpful in erasing poverty from Khyber Pakhtunkhawa as it would irrigate 800,000 acres of cultivable land that is located 100-150 feet above the Indus river level in the province. She said that Dam was the surety of sufficient amounts of electricity at comparatively much cheaper price. The country’s dependence on power generated through thermal sources was costing it way too much, causing it to face insurmountable challenges to remain competitive both in the national and international markets.

CNP Women Chamber founder president Dr Shehla Javed Akram stated that it is high time that all baseless reservations be brushed aside to save the country from that era of darkness. She added that the Kalabagh Dam was most important for development. Kala Bagh Dam is in the interest of all provinces. Stories about its negative affects for Khyber Pakhtunkhawa and Sindh are technically wrong. However, the government should create a consensus on this project of national interest.

CNPWCCI immediate past president Kokab Parveen maintained  that unlike Pakistan, India is constructing dams at every possible site. It has left us decades behind and the future does not promise any good thing either. The construction of Kalabagh dam along with other new dams is desperately needed to store adequate water, she maintained.

CNPWCCI vice president Shazia Suleman said that electricity generation through thermal sources is estimated to cost almost Rs.16 per unit whereas the same can be produced at Rs.2.5 to Rs.3 through Hydel. She said that the present scenario leads to import of oil worth over US$ 12 billion a year which is costing us dearly while causing us to face insurmountable challenges to remain competitive both in the national and international markets.