Kalabagh dam would have caused more flooding: Expert

KBD would have caused more flooding: expert

* Former IRSA chief says dam is not a flood-control project

* ANP says dam would have done immense harm to KP, Sindh

By Iqbal Khattak

PESHAWAR: The Kalabagh Dam – had it been built – would have caused flooding rather than averting it, a former chairman of the Indus River System Authority (IRSA) said on Wednesday, while responding to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s recent statement about the dam.

“The dam’s effect on floods would have been contrary to what the prime minister claimed,” said Fatehullah Khan Gandapur, who headed IRSA from 1993 to 1998.

The KP leadership has criticised the PM’s statement, and Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain termed the project “a dead horse”. “Kalabagh dam is not a flood-control project,” Gandapur said while talking to Daily Times on Wednesday. [August 11, 2010] “It is a run-of-the-river project and its design has to be changed if we want to make it a flood-control project,” he said.

Gandapur said the dam’s construction would have caused reverse flow in the Kabul River, submerging Nowshera district and water-logging the entire Peshawar valley. “Consultants have called the dam’s design a failure,” he said.

The Awami National Party is in no mood to compromise on its position over the dam. “Their (pro-dam elements) philosophy is to let the whole of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa drown,” senior ANP leader Senator Haji Adeel said. “Why doesn’t Islamabad look at other feasible projects instead of only eyeing the Kalabagh Dam, which aims to destroy two provinces?” he asked. “There are other projects that, if undertaken, will help you avoid flood and destruction,” he said. “Had the Kalabagh Dam been built, it would have sunk Akora Khattak and Jehangira towns in Nowshera district and its effects would also have been felt in Pabbi town,” Adeel said.

“Why don’t you build dams from where the water is coming?” he asked, adding that Basha Dam would be able to store 800,000 cusecs and Munda Dam 300,000 cusecs of water.

Courtesy: DAILY TIMES, August 12, 2010

A letter against Kalabagh dam

Floods and Kalabagh Dam

by MUNAWAR HASSAN, Islamabad

Sir: I can recall Prime Minister (PM) Gilani’s first speech in parliament, when he categorically rejected the construction of the Kalabagh Dam. Later, it was observed that he appeared very political about the subject. Raja Pervaiz Ashraf also refused to reject the scheme. Now PM Gilani has come up with an even more surprising stance that the destruction caused by the floods could have been averted had the dam been in place. It is baffling to see that the PM thinks that the amount of floodwater is just six million acre feet (MAF), which is the capacity of the Kalabagh Dam. The volume of floodwater runs up to 1.2 million cusecs (more than 100 MAF). What does PM Gilani propose for the rest of the 94 MAF of water? Moreover, the disaster would have aggravated if the water had flown upstream due to the dam on the Indus River. In addition, to collect water from a flood (which is a rare occurrence in Pakistan), the country’s leadership is prepared to destroy the Indus delta permanently. I humbly request the PM to avoid making such statements in public that perplex the people rather than giving them courage to face the calamity.

Courtesy: DAILY TIMES, August 12, 2010

The attitude of so called National Electronic media towards the people of Sindh!?!?

“Motherland in Distress

By Dr. Ahmed H. Makhdoom, Singapore

Districts of Jacobabad (my own District), Kashmore and Shikarpur have been devastated by the Flood. About 800,000 peoples have been displaced so far. One Teluka/ Tehsil Headquarters in Thull of Dist Jacobabad has also been flooded. Karampur, Darri and Deenpur have been Flooded. Now even Jacobabad city is under threat along with my own village, Sheranpur, which is more than 100 km away from Indus. Thousands are trapped in inundated towns and villages but not yet rescued even after four days. All Roads which are safe so far and District Headquarters are flooded and are full with influx of displaced peoples.

In spite of such a worse condition, and worsening hour by hour, day by day, none of our so called “ National Electronic Media,”, have covered them! Only Sindhi News Channels are covering it. You can imagine the severity of the conditions that only the Sindhi media is showing, Flood devastation, 24 hrs , no other news. Whereas, so called electronic media is stuck up in Shoe matters, criticising each other and frivolous and unnecessary blabbering of so- called national TV Channels. No NGOs are even seen in the field!

This is the state of affairs in just three Districts of Sindh which is still worsening. This water still has to move further to Larkana, Khairpur, etc upto  Ocean.

Is Sindh the part of Pakistan or neighbor  country. Behavior of so called national media with the people of Sindh is questionable when they are devastated by the flood. Instead of covering flood victims in Sindh, they are doing their own politics by sitting in the studios. Does this attitude of so called national media need any further comments?

The frustration and disappointment can easily be seen written on the faces of Sindhis. Just imagine the villages of the Federal Ministers, the Members of Parliament and Assemblies, the Landlords, the Zameendars, the Paathaareedars, the Leaders, are inundated with floods. But, who cares! They sit with bottles of Johnny Walker open in their lush, lavish, comfortable palatial houses in Islamabad or Karachi, with Heera Mandi girls serving their every wish!

And, then the stupid, selfish, self-serving Sindhi leaders, so-called ‘nationalists,’ the Peeplas and other scavenging pathaareedars will say: “Don’t criticise us!” Criticise the Sindhis in Diaspora!”

I, too have, criticised the Sindhi Diaspora in the past, and continue doing so! But, to say that they have “Done Nothing,” is going a little too far! May be they need to do more! Yes, they must! But, we must also ‘give credit where credit is due.’ We should also praise, acknowledge and commend their distinguished and deserving efforts in providing scholarships to the Sindhi students, holding free Medical camps throughout Sindh, providing Water pumps to the needy villages in Sindh, helping the poor, destitute and putthheeya ughhaarro (shirtless) Sindhis in Sindh! Voicing the concerns against human rights violations in Sindh at various International Forums, pressurising the World community to do something for the wretched, terrorised, tormented and tortured people of Sindh and many, many more!

And, there are many in the Diaspora, who have been, one way or another, feeding the hungry, clothing the shirtless, shielding the shelter-less, providing Education for a little Niyaannee, books for a Sindhi mbachrro, and many more, all from their own pockets. But, they do not go around BLOWING THEIR OWN TRUMPET as so-called Sindhi leaders, politicians, paathaareedars do!

Even Islam says: ”You give from one hand, in such a way that the other hand shall not see!” And, many in the Diaspora are doing this without asking for anything in return – in kind or favours! They don’t even want ‘a pat on the back.’ They consider this service as their moral, ethical, virtuous, honourable, proper and principled duty towards their motherland,

Yes, Sir, muhnja Saaeen, give credit where credit is due! Diaspora has done their bit! May be, it is time, that they do a little more in the emergency situation and, therefore, I appeal all the worthy Diaspora organisations to STAND UP and BE COUNTED! Motherland in distress.

Courtesy: Sindhi e-lists/ e-groups, August 12, 2010

The burden of history

Partition, 1947: The burden of history

By Mahir Ali

“I have considered from every possible point of view the scheme of Pakistan as formulated by the Muslim League”, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad proclaimed in a crucial statement issued some 16 months before India was partitioned in August 1947. “As an Indian, I have examined its implications for the future of India as a whole. As a Muslim, I have examined its likely effects upon the fortunes of Muslims in India… I have come to the conclusion that it is harmful not only for India as a whole but for Muslims in particular. And in fact it creates more problems than it solves”.

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