A report published by Pakistan Today on August 31 reveals the Diamir Bhasha Dam. It is a rolled concrete dam, 270 ft above sea level, with a real height of 922 ft. Its volume capacity will be 7.4 MAF. Since the water would be stored in a 110 km long narrow gorge, it would be located on a fault line in a highly seismic sea. The dam has been presented as awe-inspiring, but it may well be called an awful project because nowhere in the world a rolled concrete dam higher than 650 ft has ever been built. The technical committee has suggested that, “Pakistan needs a facility and not a monster. We need assured safety of structures and not international records of physical dimensions.”

We should think twice before building a $16 billion monster in a highly seismic area.

DR. MUHAMMAD YAQOOB BHATTI,

Lahore, September 1.