Monday, September 03, 2012
From Print Editio n
The Farmers Associates Pakistan (FAP) has asked Punjab government to start work on dams in the province.
In a specially convened meeting, President FAP Dr. Tariq Bucha reminded the Punjab government of taking up with the federal government to immediately start building of reservoirs in Punjab which besides meeting Punjab’s and the rest of Pakistan water requirements would also generate additional electricity. He added that around 21 million acres feet (MAF) of water can be stored in reservoirs such as Akhori on Nanda Kas River located in Attock, Sanjwal on Jabba Kas River located in Attock, Dhok Pathan on Soan River located in Attock, Rohtas on Kahan River located in Jhelum, Chiniot Reservoir on Chenab River located in Chiniot and the most viable and ignored Kalabagh Dam. These dams are in addition to Bhasha Dam whose cost has already swelled to USD 12.6 Billion which no funding agency agrees to provide any funding, he maintained.
Furthermore, the President implored the government to immediately take up the alternative steps for the availability of water by lining of existing canals and khalas, introduction of modernized irrigation systems in Sindh to meet the water requirements of the farmers and building of new reservoirs. The president hoped that government will ensure to address the looming water shortage on top priority by building the reservoirs and save the farmers and ensure food security of Pakistan besides saving the possible war between provinces over water which is already brewing by delayed construction of Kalabagh Dam and distribution of water despite the signing of Water Accord 1991. He also strongly resented the problems faced by the farmers of Sindh regarding water for their irrigation needs. FAP members strongly objected to the indifference and apathy of both Sindh and Federal Governments in the prevalent drought conditions in Umer kot, Badin and Khairpur and demanded that both the Federal and Provincial Governments should take up immediate steps to resolve these problems of farmers. The FAP president further reiterated their demand for both Federal and Provincial Governments to immediately take up building of reservoirs without which situation will further continue to deteriorate in Sindh.