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Kalabagh dam on list of ‘ready for construction’ projects

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  1. ghazi52

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    Kalabagh dam on list of ‘ready for construction’ projects


    ISLAMABAD: The controversial Kalabagh dam is on the government’s list of ‘ready for construction’ projects.

    This was disclosed when a list of under-construction, ready for construction and under planning hydel power projects was presented before the Senate by the Ministry of Water and Power on Friday.

    The house was told in a written reply that the detailed design and tender documents of the 3,600-megawatt Kalabagh dam had been completed in 1988. But the construction of the dam can be undertaken by the government only on the basis of a “consensus decision”.

    Senators from Balochistan protested over the inclusion of the dam in the list as Senator Usman Kakar questioned the reason for bringing the list on record.

    Strangely enough, senators from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa belonging to the Awami National Party and the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and members from Sindh belonging to the Pakistan Peoples Party did not speak on the issue. The two provinces have been vehemently opposing the project.

    However, Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali referred to resolutions adopted by some provincial assemblies against the project and said that the government would not undertake construction of any controversial project.

    The other two ready for construction projects are: 34.5MW Harpo power project and 1320MW fifth Tarbela Dam extension project.

    The house was told that PC-1 of the Harpo power project had been approved on March 28, 2014 and hiring of consultants was in progress.

    PC-1 of fifth Tarbela Dam extension project amounting to Rs81 billion was approved on Feb 17 this year and hiring of consultants is in progress. Pre-qualification of firms for civil, electrical and mechanical works is in process. The World Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank have recently approved the project financing.

    The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources, in a written reply, informed the Senate that 6.093 tonnes of gold, 9.693 tonnes of silver and over 76,000 tonnes of copper had been excavated from the Saindak project in Chagai, generating revenues to the tune of over $834 million, over the last five years.

    The house was astonished to know that the federal and Balochistan governments had received only $105.46m and $70.76m, respectively, as their shares in the earning.

    Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani regretted that a major chunk of the earning had been taken away by the foreign company working on the project. “There is a loot sale for foreign companies in Pakistan,” he deplored.

    Responding to a calling attention notice by Senator Mian Ateeq Sheikh about the rise of circular debt in the power sector to around Rs300bn, Abid Sher Ali confirmed that the debt stood at Rs312bn at present.

    However, he said, regular payments were being made to the Pakistan State Oil and no power generation company had been closed.

    He said that non-payment of power dues by the provinces had led to the increase in circular debt. According to him, Sindh has to pay Rs71bn, KP Rs20bn, Balochistan Rs4bn and Punjab Rs3.8bn. Besides, Balochistan also has payables of Rs106bn on account of tubewells.

    Likewise, the dues against the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Azad Jammu and Kashmir are Rs19bn and Rs62bn, respectively. The K-Electric has liabilities to the tune of Rs39bn.

    The house also held a discussion on an adjournment motion regarding illegal border crossing by Pakistani citizens with assistance of human smugglers leading to grave consequences.

    Senator Taj Haider said that people chose to illegally travel to foreign countries because of joblessness in the country.

    He said that 18,000 industries had been closed in the country and called for legislation to revive the industry and abandoning the privatisation policy which he noted had caused harm to the country’s interests.

    Senator Nihal Hashmi said that investors had been averse to setting up industries in the country after nationalisation of different industries in 1970s.
     
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    It's been 28 years since KBD design was proposed. And these fkng politicians are still standing on this issue where they were 28 years ago. Alot of study had been done on this projest and was passed by wapda and other internal and international orgs that it will not effect(flood/drought) KPK itself or Sindh, it's been only halted by politicians for self/party scoring.They should decide it's future for once n for all instead of wasting time on it every year.
     
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    do not awake a sleeping conflict
     
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    Better late then never.
     
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    It was always a ready to construct dam, but thanks to the paid wh*re of India, we have seen a big pause on this important project. Kalabagh dams needs to be made at all cost.
     
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    Sir is late project ko better karnay k chakaron may bake jo projects on time ha wo late na ho jaen
     
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    So does anyone know why the provinces are against this dam. Plus there are so many other dams we can make.
     
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    Hahaahaaa
     
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    Bro 99% people in Pak doesnt really know what is KBD is going to effect... its only a conflict till gov of Pak inform nation how and why its necessary for nation. Anything which solve our water issues for long term we sud do it... enough for loadshedding 30 years is long period.
     
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    KPK says some districts will be flooded and Sindh says water flow in to river will be reduced.
     
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    Fair enough, then what is Balochistan problem with it?
     
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    kala bagh must be solved with consensus or army must intervene
    musharaf and zia had the chance but i don't think civilian government can do the job done
     
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    why not if something is good for the country go agead with it , no need to appease everyone as we well know some of these politicians are on the pay roll of raw , one such leader was disowned after he openly confessed it
    its like surgery , you know a limb is gangrenous u amputate or lose the patient

    screw consensus
     
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    Pakistani people dont understand international rules, thats the problem, if Pakistan dont build dams and let the river water end in the rivers India or Afghanistan can say that "look Pakistan is wasting the water, therefore we must build dams.
     
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    Moonis Elahi Says KPK Crops in Danger!

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    Moonis Elahi is one of the very few politicians of Pakistan who really care about the ecology of the country. The country faces grave dangers in near future due to climatic changes and unless concrete steps are taken today, Pakistan can face drought and famine in the coming years. To control 40 MAF of water to go to waste each year and to store that water is one the of the main reasons Kalabagh Dam is much needed.

    If we are able to store this water, 50000MW electricity can be produced with is 3X more than our current need. The Kalabagh Dam reservoir with water storage capacity of 6.1 MAF has the potential to provide additional 4 MAF to Sindh, 2.2 MAF to KPK, 2 MAF to Punjab and 1.5 MAF to Baluchistan. Without a doubt KPK needs Kalabagh Dam to save it’s agriculture as low rains and climate change are likely to affect 68% of KPK crops.