The prime minister has said if there is a consensus on Kalabagh dam his government will have no problem in building it. This means that he thinks the project is good for the country. He would not have said so if he thought the project was bad for the country. The question that begs an answer is, then why has his government not tried to develop consensus on a project which is good for the country, which will go a long way in reversing the negative growth in industry and agriculture, will increase production to bring down prices, bring them within the buying power of the poor and the middle class, take exports to their previous level, augment foreign exchange earnings, redress the negative balance of payments, open up the job market, lessen the unproductive employment load on the public sector, save public enterprises from collapse, alleviate poverty, and set up a chain of domino benefits. Not to forget that each additional MAF of dam capacity will inject two billion dollars into the economy of the country. Kalabagh dam will prove to be the stitch in time that will save nine. Bhasha dam will also bring most of the above benefits, but time is of the essence, why wait 12, or even 15 years, when we can get all these benefits in five or six years. Where is the bottleneck? ENGR KHURSHID ANWER, Lahore, October25.