Sir, this is the common refrain one hears these days from experts and pseudo experts, let us say that Bhasha dam is commissioned in 10 years time (though it is likely to take much longer),

Come flood time, the farmers of Sindh will ask why has Bhasha dam had not stopped the floods. The farmers of south Punjab will ask why has Bhasha dam not stopped the floods. Big disappointment, because all these people had been told that there was no need to build Kalabagh dam and Bhasha dam will meet all our energy and water needs. And I will ask, why is 30 million acre feet of invaluable water still going down the drain, when the Indus delta needs only 8.8 maf for its rehabilitation.


Lahore, February 5.