Large Dams Are Uneconomic, Scientific Study Finds

By Peter Bosshard “We find that even before accounting for negative impacts on human society and environment, the actual construction costs of large dams are too high to yield a positive return,” a new report states. “Large dams also take inordinately long periods of time to get built, making them ineffective in resolving urgent energy … Continue reading Large Dams Are Uneconomic, Scientific Study Finds

Dam alternatives?

 By Hassan Abbas “THERE has never been a fair playing field when dams have been compared with their alternatives. Corruption and the power of the big-dam lobby … [has] meant that feasibility studies for new dams have regularly underestimated their costs and exaggerated their benefits,” writes Patrick McCully, director of International Rivers Network, UK. A … Continue reading Dam alternatives?

Folly, thy name is Diamer-Bhasha

It has been known in the inner recesses of the engineering establishment of Pakistan for the past 20 years or so, that the Diamer-Bhasha dam is not technically feasible.  By Daanish Mustafa   I  noted with some disbelief the Prime Minister’s pledge to build Diamer-Bhasha dam amongst others, with donations from overseas Pakistanis. According to … Continue reading Folly, thy name is Diamer-Bhasha

Dam Equivalents: The solution to Pakistan’s water crisis

We don’t need another mega project to solve our problems. What we need is a mega-vision. By  Hassan Abbas There’s a general rhetoric that, one, Pakistan is soon going to run out of water; and, two, building more dams is the ‘only solution’ to the crisis. Is this really the case? Nature’s mechanism that brings … Continue reading Dam Equivalents: The solution to Pakistan’s water crisis

Thatta and Badin may cease to exist in 30 years if dams are built, a warning

Thatta and Badin may cease to exist in 30 years if dams are built, a warning HYDERABAD / KARACHI:  The demand to get rid of unnatural control and storage projects from rivers, especially from the River Indus, echoed at a seminar held on Wednesday, to mark the International Day of Action for Rivers (IDAR). Hundreds … Continue reading Thatta and Badin may cease to exist in 30 years if dams are built, a warning

Indus water pollution

Indus water pollution By F.H. Mughal TWO MERCY appeals by the Sindh Chamber of Agriculture (Jan. 25 & March 1, 1997) two news items in the DAWN (March 3 & 4, 1997) and, a write-up by Ms Mumtaz Rashdi (March 14, 1997), highlight the problems of disposing of the saline water into the Indus, through WAPDA's … Continue reading Indus water pollution

Kalabagh Dam: Look Before Your Leap

Kalabagh Dam: Look Before Your Leap By: ANG Abbasi & Abdul Majid Kazi The Kalabagh dam project has been lingering on for over two decades. In the last few months it has again gained momentum and many articles and statements have been published in the press both for and against the project. At this juncture … Continue reading Kalabagh Dam: Look Before Your Leap

Derailed Reforms in Irrigation Sector

Derailed Reforms in Irrigation Sector Engr. Naseer Memon Pakistan possesses one of the world largest irrigation networks both in terms of physical infrastructure and the quantity of water supposedly being managed. Modern barrage irrigation was introduced in British rule, which required productive colonies to feed their armies and masses. After partition this legacy was transferred … Continue reading Derailed Reforms in Irrigation Sector

Dams: Prudence Calls For Sanity

Dams: prudence calls for sanity By Aziz Narejo   Statements on the construction of Kalabagh, Akhori-Sanjwal, Bhasha and other dams prove one thing: the praetorian masters continue to ignore the voices of the small provinces. One is at loss to understand why they are so unresponsive - and why do they want to destroy the … Continue reading Dams: Prudence Calls For Sanity

Mega Dams: What Is At Stake?

Mega dams: what is at stake? By Aziz Narejo Reinforced pronouncements about the construction of Kalabagh, Akhori-Sanjwal, Bhasha and other dams prove one thing: the praetorian masters continue to ignore the voices of the small provinces. One is at loss to understand why they are so unresponsive - and why do they want to destroy … Continue reading Mega Dams: What Is At Stake?