Tag: Dams

Risk of Mass-migration from Quetta City Looms if the Government fails to build or delay the construction of dams

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article image QUETTA: IUCN Pakistan and Taraqee Foundation in partnership with the US-Pakistan Centre for Advanced Studies in Water, MUET, Jamshoro (with support from University of Utah, USA); and the Government of Balochistan organized a two-day Expert Consultation on Strengthening Research-Policy Interface Improving Water Management in Balochistan at Serena Hotel Quetta today. The Governor of Balochistan, Mr. Muhammad Khan Achakzai was the Chief Guest on this occasion. The participants of the…Read More

Govt asked to divert PSDP funds to construct dams

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STAFF REPORT LHR: The LCCI Standing Committee on KBD, anticipating a water crisis in the wake of extreme weather conditions, has asked the government to freeze the country’s entire development programme for five years and divert funds for construction of major water reservoirs, including KBD, on war footing as a national priority. The Standing Committee Chairman Abdul Basit said construction of mega storages on priority basis is in the best interest of public, as IRSA suggested in its…Read More

NESPAK gets contract for Saudi dams

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STAFF REPORT LHR: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Water and Electricity has awarded a new contract for the supervision of 15 small dams’ project in Jezan, Najran and Aseer regions to Pakistan’s state-owned National Engineering Services Pakistan (NESPAK). According to details, the main purpose of these dams is to utilize water for drinking and irrigation purposes. The total construction cost of the dams under the supervision of Pakistani company is 482.4 million Saudi riyals. The…Read More

Dams vital for national food security

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STAFF REPORT B’PUR: Food security is directly related to water security in Pakistan as this state is among the countries fast heading towards critical shortage of water for irrigation and domestic usage. If drastic measures are not taken in time, the country would face also face acute food security in near future. In the absence of mega water reservoir like Kala Bagh Dam - a multipurpose natural dam site, Pakistan would face acute shortage of water, which will exacerbate food insecurity.…Read More

Decommissioning of large dams

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ACCORDING TO international rivers, on Aug 16, after nearly 10 years of campaigning, La Parota Dam, in Mexico, was officially cancelled. La Parota would have consisted of a 900 MW dam on the Papagayo River 28km from the city of Acapulco in the state of Guerrero. It would have flooded close to 17,000 hectares of land, displaced more than 25,000 people, and affected another 75,000 people downstream of the dam.Earlier in July the Belo Monte Dam construction was halted by the Brazilian court, until…Read More

Speedy work on more dams stressed

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The Agriculture Forum Pakistan has urged the government to present Kalabagh Dam, Munda Dam and Bhasha Dam projects in the Council of Common Interests (CCI) and start working on priority basis on these dams, which can be built at the earliest, generate maximum electricity and provide greater resistance against devastation of floods."The government should consult local and foreign engineers on all these three dams and start working in this regard," said Agriculture…Read More

Dams: A national necessity

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IT IS right in general saying that agriculture is the mainstay of Pakistan’s economy. He has spelt out in detail all the benefits that accrue to the country from agriculture as well as the many reasons for its decline. Surprisingly, he did not mention the shortage of water. There is a 24 per cent shortage of water in the Kharif period and up to 40 per cent for the Rabi period. Sindh and Punjab are both up in arms about water shortage. Why this reluctance to talk about shortage of water. Is it…Read More

China may extend $700m for Pakistans 14 new small dams

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The government is negotiating with China to borrow $700 million loan at a concessional rate of 2 per cent for construction of 14 small dams to increase hydel power generation for reducing the loadshedding."An agreement has also been signed with the World Bank worth $850 million for extension of Tarbela Dam and the government is making efforts to form a consortium with the help of Asian Development Bank and WB to arrange $10 billion for financing of Diamar Basha Dam,"…Read More

Building Bhasha, Kurram Tangi, Munda, Dasu, Kohala, Golen Gol and Bunji dams

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article image There is a dispute on the water coming from Kashmir. Under the Indus Water Treaty, the neutral expert’s role is to interpret the clauses of the treaty and decide if any party is violating it. That certainly does not delegate any authority to the neutral expert to nullify or inactivate any clause under the disguise of declaring it irrelevant. All the clauses in the treaty are as relevant today in the overall framework defined by the treaty as they were more than 50 years agoTHE IMPACT of 1947…Read More