This has reference to B A Malik’s letter. My main effort throughout has been the advocacy of Kalabagh dam, a field from which Mr Malik has been most conspicuous by his absence, although to my knowledge he has tomes of information on the subject which for reasons best known to him he does not want to share with us. I don’t know what has made him rake up the controversy on Indian dams rather belatedly. Only once did I question what I saw as our one sided approach and have since bowed to the superior knowledge of engineer Suleiman Najib Khan on the subject. By citing the example of the Punjab assembly we are unwittingly giving credence to the resolutions of other three assemblies. Assembly members are not competent to rule on the many complexities and technicalities of river water management. Do they know what per capita per annum availability of water means, or water stress, water scarcity and optimum required storage of annual river flows. Do they anything about the need for regulated supplies over twelve months, for agriculture and for town supplies, transfer from wet to dry periods, from Kharif to Rabi and minimum reserve for any contingency, natural or man made. Left to the assembly members we will revert to the pre-Mangla situation of either too much water or too little, alternating between floods and droughts. Does it make any sense that they raise a hue and cry about Indian dams but oppose construction of more reservoirs?


Lahore, April 10.