Save Indus River

Aziz Narejo

Day of Action for Rivers: Support for PFF March in Sindh to Save Indus River

by: Aziz Narejo

International Day of Action for Rivers is being observed the world over this Sunday. An announcement by the organizers (copied below) says: “Under the banner “Our Rivers, Our Rights,” voices around the world defending people, water, and life will be heard this Sunday. If you are participating this year, don’t forget to take photos and send them along to us!”

I think we should stand with the international community in this cause to stop damming the rivers. People in Sindh are facing severe consequences of the dams built on Indus and other rivers in Pakistan and India. It is a matter of grave concern that in a complete disregard to the voices from Sindh, the Pakistan government has decided to start work on Diamir Bhasha Dam and also has plans in hand to build several other small and large dams that will further choke the Indus River, the lifeline for the people in the lower riparian province. India has similar plans that will also affect the water situation in Pakistan.

All the people who are against mega dams should call upon the governments of Pakistan and India to stop further damming the rivers. Instead of killing the rivers, they should work on alternate programs like the better and improved usage of water, stoppage of the wastage and other sources for power generation like wind, solar and others.

In this context Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum should be admired, encouraged and supported as they have undertaken a long March from Kharo ChhaaNn to the banks of Indus River at Jamshoro. They have demanded to scrap any programs of building new dams and dismantle even the present dams. Their voice represents the feelings of the people of Sindh. We need to support them wholeheartedly.

March 13, 2010

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