Some people are talking about settling the issue of royalty from Bhasha dam. Actually the royalty from the dams was meant to be dedicated for upkeep of the vast Indus Basin infrastructure consisting of dams, barrages, link canals etc. In his efforts to get unanimity on the 1973 Constitution, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had offered royalty from Tarbela dam to Wali Khan. This set up a very bad precedent creating all kinds of disputes on building of dams. More importantly the diversion of funds from their real purpose has resulted in neglect of the steadily deteriorating irrigation infrastructure, the biggest in the world at one time. -KHURSHID ANWER, Lahore, May 15.