There are a total of 59 dams built along the River Danubes first 1,000 kilometer stretch. The more famous among them are the Iron Gate Dam I and II in Romania and Serbia and Gabcikovo in Slovakia. The Upper Danube is interrupted every 16 km on average by a dam. The Warsak dam of ours is located on River Kabul about 30 km away from Peshawar in the Pakhtoonkhwah province. It was a venture just like the much-touted Neelum-Jhelum Hydro-Power project in Azad Kashmir. The project financed by the Canadian government started in mid-1950s and was completed under the Colombo Plan in two phases in the1960. The 250 ft. high and 460 ft. long dam with a reservoir of 4 square miles had a hydel power generation capacity of 160-200 Megawatts. In the early 1990s, the cracks started to appear and it completely got silted. But the infrastructure is still there. The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the National Engineering Service of Pakistan (NESPAK) joined hands together in April 1992 for flushing out the silt filling the reservoir. The Warsak project was supposed to be completed in 2006 but we have not heard much about it recently. If it is made workable, we may be able to generate a few hundred more megawatts of power we need so badly at the moment. After all, the abandoned Shahdara and some of the defunct thermal power generation units at Kot Addu (that are dependent on pricey fossil fuel) are being revamped at much higher outlay. Does somebody remember the figure we had to spend on Chashma Nuclear Power Projects 1 and 2 (CHASHNUP 1 and 2)? These two each have the same electricity generation capacity as Warsak hydro electric power units. There is also the ever-flowing River Kunar here. Why are we so focused on the Diamir-Bhasha dam? Let us diversify. It is time we forgot everything else about the Kalabagh dam and seriously considered constructing it rather than letting its plans rot in dust in the Planning Commission where they are since 1979. -FAHEEM AKHTAR, Lahore, May 16.