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PAKISTAN – Chinese bank to provide funds for hydropower project

LAHORE: The EXIM Bank of China has signed an agreement with the government of Pakistan to provide $448 million for the strategically important 969MW Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project.

The agreement, a significant development in the efforts to obtain funds for the remaining work on the project, was signed last week during Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang’s visit to Pakistan.

The project is being constructed on River Neelum in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Besides generating much-needed low-cost hydel electricity to help mitigate power shortages, the project will also enable Pakistan to establish its priority rights on the river waters.

Wapda is striving to complete the project by 2016 according to its construction schedule.

At present, construction work at different sites of the project is moving forward satisfactorily. Of the combined 67-kilometre tunnels, 34.24km long tunnels (51 per cent) have so far been excavated. Work on excavation of under-ground powerhouse has been completed by 75.24 per cent, on transformers hall by 96.33 per cent and on de-sander of the project by 95 per cent.

Construction of Nauseri Bridge over River Neelum and second stage diversion of the river have been completed.

After completion, the project will contribute 5.15 billion units of cheap electricity to the national grid every year. Annual benefits of the project have been estimated at about Rs45 billion.

Courtesy: DAWN
http://dawn.com/2013/05/29/chinese-bank-to-provide-funds-for-hydropower-project/

‘Downstream Kotri’

By: M Khan Sial, Karachi, Sindh

This refers to letter of Choudhry Hamid Malhi, Lahore (Aug 7) headlined above.

It was unfair to claim the so-called study of downstream Kotri was conducted by WAPDA in 2005, had approval of Sindh government. First of all, what was justification for WAPDA to delay the already agreed important survey for long period of 14 years of signing the Accord? This shows the malafide intentions of WAPDA against Sindh and as such WAPDA should clarify the reasons for delay and fix responsibility for this?

It was on record, the Sindh government had rejected the said so-called survey conducted by WAPDA as Sindh govt was not taken on board. Attending one or two meetings if any, does not mean, its decision had Sindh Government’s final approval.

If there is any approval of the so-called survey by Sindh government, WAPDA should release the copy of the agreement in media showing signatures of all concerned.

Later, the Sindh government had arranged survey through an international organisation as its own and as per media, it was recommended to release at least 10 MAF water annually downstream Kotri whereas internationally organised IUCN had also conducted the survey separately that recommended release of 32 to 35 MAF water annually as mandatory requirement. It was claimed that in WAPDA’s survey even it was agreed that 25 MAF water to be released within five years, but till today the said water was not released leaving Indus delta to ruin completely.

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Let us strengthen Pakistan

Let us Unite to Uphold 18th Amendment including Devolution of HEC

By Khalid Hashmani

As more and more information comes out in the waning days of Higher Education Commission (HEC), most Sindhis are shocked to know that out of ten thousands (10,000) foreign and domestic scholarships that have been distributed by HEC so far, Sindh received only 892 (http://ejang.jang.com.pk/4-7-2011/Karachi/pic.asp?picname=99.gif). This amounts to about one third of the number that Sindh would have received even if the NFC award rules were applied. There is no province/ state or ethnic group anywhere in the world that has suffered as much as Sindhis have when it comes to scholarship opportunities in Pakistan. Instead of defending an institution that has denied Sindhis their due share in educational opportunities for so many years, we should be demanding trial of those officials who were responsible for denying Sindh its due share in scholarships. It is doubtful that an agency of such dreadful performance should even be given a role of standard setting and quality assurance. The Government of Pakistan should seriously consider creating a new agency with proper representation from each province/ state to oversee the jurisdictions that 18th Amendment allows at the federal level.

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The profit of misery: what they know and we do not

– Dr Manzur Ejaz

The ruling elites induce various crises to make money for themselves and their allies. From the power crisis to sugar shortages, every occasion is used to siphon off billions of dollars to private accounts. The misery of the Pakistani people has become a profitable commodity for the rich and powerful …

Read more : Wichaar

Sindh Assembly passed a unanimous resolution for WAPDA’s rotational chairmanship with representation of every province

SA passes six resolutions

* Representation of all provinces in WAPDA’s Board of Directors stressed

By Masroor Afzal Pasha

KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly (SA) passed a unanimous resolution on Wednesday for the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA)’s rotational chairmanship in all provinces with representation of every province in WAPDA’s board of directors (BoD). …

Read more : Daily Times

Huffing and puffing [about Kerry-Lugar bill] by Manzur Ejaz

Dr. Manzur Ejaz
Dr. Manzur Ejaz

WASHINGTON DIARY: Huffing and puffing

by Dr Manzur Ejaz, USA

Courtesy: Wichaar.com, October 6th, 2009

Ultimately, after the US consultants and intermediaries have taken their cut, Pakistan will get about three to four hundred million dollars which cannot do much when the country is several billion dollars short of its obligations and needs.

The saga of the Kerry-Lugar aid bill to Pakistan has become as surreal as it can get. Every concerned sane person is wondering what the fuss is about. Conditions attached to this bill are the same as in most previous such bills. Furthermore, why is such a big deal being made out of the bill when it cannot go very far in pulling Pakistan out of its ongoing economic crisis?

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Sindh is not getting it`s due share in spite of various water accords and agreements

The following is the latest’s article by Naseer Memon on the water shortage in Sindh. Here is a summary of article in English.

Written by: Naseer Memon, Hyderabad, Sindh

Translation by: Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA

Courtesy: Sindhi Daily Kawish, July 01, 2009

Article Summary

Sindh is receiving only 40% of its due share from the Indus river. On one hand Sindh is suffering immense loss in the agriculture sector and yet the act of filling Tarbela dam proceeds at the full speed. WAPDA, as the custodian of river waters is playing and arbitrarily decides which province gets how much share.

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Sindh-WAPDA dispute

By G.N.Mughul, Karachi, Sindh

Karachi, Apr. 25: Sindh-WAPDA dispute on the construction of Reni Canal in Guddu Barrage Canal Command area particularly relating to the extension of divide wall near the head regulator of Ghotki Canal, could not be resolved despite a series of the joint meetings between the high officials of WAPDA and Sindh Government held last week.

As the result, ultimately the work on the construction of the extension of existing divide wall has been stopped and till the filing of this report there was complete stalemate with regard to the fate of the project itself.

Meanwhile, the growers of Ghotki Feeder are reported to be agitating against the construction of the proposed divide wall as according to their apprehensions, with the construction of the said divide wall the water supply to Ghotki Feeder from Guddu Barrage would be affected miserably causing serious water shortage for lakhs of acres irrigated on the water supplied from Ghotki Feeder.

According to the details, no doubt the feasibility of Reni Canal was prepared by Sindh Government in 1988. But, afterwards, on coming to the conclusion that there was no enough water available in Indus for operating new reservoirs or new canals, Sindh Government virtually lost interest in this project. This project aimed at irrigating about 412400 acres of land of desert area of Ghotki, Sukkur, and Khairpur districts.

In the meantime, during Pervaiz Musharaf rule, at a high level meeting held in Lahore under the chairmanship of the then Chief Executive Gen. Pervaiz Musharaf, Water Vision was approved which also included Reni Canal project from Sindh.

It is said that Sindh Government was not consulted while including this scheme in the said Water Vision. According to some circles, this scheme was included in the Vision by Federal Government/Wapda at its own to balance the proposal to construct controversial Greater Thal Canal – the scheme included the said water vision.

By the way, there is not only major contradiction between the stands of WAPDA and Sindh Government on the extension of Divide Wall but interestingly the independent irrigation experts have reservations on the place for the construction of Head Regulator of Reni Canal also. Their position is in contradiction with the position of WAPDA as well as that of Sindh Government.

According to experts, originally it was conceived that Reni Canal would be a flood canal but as per its present design, if constructed it would be operated as irrigation canal resultantly it is bound to affect miserably the operation of Ghotki Canal, the water drawing capacity of which is about 11000 cusecs and lakhs of acres are irrigated on this canal.

According to WAPDA documents, as per the recommendations of model study: (a) Head Regulator was to be located in the left guide bank instead of left marginal bund, (b) size of left pocket should be increased to 7 bays by constructing a new divide wall, and (c) Silt Excluder should be constructed perpendicular to the Barrage in front off Ghotki and Rainee Canal Head Regulators.

The WAPDA documents further state that on 17th January, 2005, Secretary, Irrigation & Power Department, Government of Sindh, conveyed concurrence for carrying out the works: (a) extension of existing left divide wall, (b) provision of silt excluder, and (c) River Training works to centralize river flow.

On the other hand, Secretary Irrigation, Sindh, Shuja Jenejo, while talking to FP, out rightly rejected the stand of WAPDA that:” he ever gave concurrence to extend the existing divide wall”. He said, the position taken by WAPDA was ridiculous as their said stand was based on the premise that Chief Engineer Guddu Barrage sent a letter to him (Secretary Irrigation) by which he gave concurrence to the extension to the existing divide wall. He said, firstly even he did not receive any such letter from the Chief Engineer. Moreover, he said that only Provincial Secretary but not a Chief Engineer is competent to give such concurrence.

According to Sindh’s Secretary irrigation, Sindh Government had agreed with the proposal to construct divide wall as was conceived in Nadipur study. He said, Sindh Government did never approve the extension of that divide wall. Besides, he contended that Sindh Government had proposed to construct the divide wall at 7th Span for 1200 ft. while WAPDA has constructed divide wall at 4th Span instead of 7th Span. He said, it was not acceptable to Sindh. He contended that if divide wall was extended then water supply through Ghotki Canal would be affected miserably.

Meanwhile, the independent irrigation experts have strong reservations on the construction of Reni Canal Herad Regulator in the main protective bund near the Head Regulator of Ghotki Canal. As against that, they said, originally it was conceived that the Head Regulator of Reni Canal would be constructed in the Marginal Bund at a distance from the Head Regulator of Ghotki Canal so that the supply through Ghotki Canal is not affected with the operation of Reni Canal.

In the meantime, recently a general body meeting of the chairmen of 62 Farmers Organisations of Ghotki was held in Ghotki, which, through a unanimous resolution, rejected the extension of existing divide wall near Ghotki Canal Head Regulator.

G.N. Mughul is a senior Journalist of Sindh. He is currently working with English daily of Pakistan, The Frontier Post. He can be reached at gnmughul@yahoo.com

Courtesy: The Frontier Post