Dam politics

  By Mustaque Rajpar   There is no supra-constitutional centre of power in any democratic system. The pillars of the state derive their powers and roles from the constitution of Pakistan. Perhaps, we need to remind ourselves that this constitution was framed by the supreme will of the people and their representative body, the country’s … Continue reading Dam politics

Let The Rivers Flow!

"Let The Rivers Flow", a talk given by by Dr Hassan Abbas, an expert in Hydrology, Water Resources & Groundwater Management, at a TEDx event. Copied here with thanks of TEDx.   Water being a source of life can never be taken for granted. This natural resource like any other should not be tinted through technological … Continue reading Let The Rivers Flow!

Destruction Of Indus Delta As A Result Of Dams On Rivers In Pakistan – A Video Report

Destruction Of Indus Delta As A Result Of Dams On Rivers In Pakistan - A Video Report by Akhtiar Khokhar. دریائے سندھ پر نئے ڈیمز کے حامیوں کی خدمت میں پیش کرتے ہیں ۔ ذرا اس تباہی کو بھی دیکھ لیں Special report on environmental and human disaster of Indus Delta. Sea incursion and intrusion … Continue reading Destruction Of Indus Delta As A Result Of Dams On Rivers In Pakistan – A Video Report

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