February 22, 2014
Agri Forum Pakistan (AFP) Chairman Dr Ibrahim Mughal urges the government to immediately start construction of Kalabagh, Dasu and Bonji dams to meet the water shortage and production of cheaper electricity. In a statement issued here on Friday, Dr Ibrahim Mughal asked the provinces of Pakistan to stop raising illogical objections on these dams as construction of new dams had become utmost necessary for the country.
These would not only provide cheaper electricity, help ending load shedding but also raise the availability of per capita water from less than 100 cubic meters to 3,000 cubic meters per person. He said that these dams would also save the country from devastation of Rs 100 billion caused every year by the floods. If construction is not carried out it would lead the nation into starvation and ruining of agriculture, industry and all other segments of the society, Mughal added.
AFP Chairman said that India saves 40 percent of its water annually and store in dams while we only store 12 percent of our water thus shortage of water is hitting the country. He said Pakistan also need to immediately start new dams for saving 30 to 40 percent of water.