Pakistan Makes Poor Use of its Water Resources: report

By Amin Ahmed (Daily Dawn, 28th January, 2019)   ISLAMABAD: A new report of the World Bank says Pakistan gets a poor economic return from its significant water resources, observing that the best use of water endowment is not made in the country. The economic costs from poor water and sanitation, floods and droughts are … Continue reading Pakistan Makes Poor Use of its Water Resources: report

Five myths about water in Pakistan

  By Dr. William Young November 15, 2017 Persistent myths, which can misguide policy, are barriers to improving water security for the people of Pakistan. Here are five: First, this problem of water security is often presented as one of water scarcity. But Pakistan is a water-rich country – only 35 countries have more renewable … Continue reading Five myths about water in Pakistan

Grand Vision for Pakistan’s Water Future

By Dr. Hassan Abbas Some sticky, slippery and volatile hydrocarbons, sitting deep in the geological formations for millions of years, suddenly found their worth when ignited by internal combustion engines (ICE). That brought the world’s attention to Middle Eastern oil and Bedouins got rich. Indus waters have been flowing for millions of years. All we … Continue reading Grand Vision for Pakistan’s Water Future

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

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