The construction work on the Bhasha dam has finally begun despite the fact that the decision was taken about 50 years ago. In the previous government’s tenure, the construction of the dam was delayed until 2037.
Prime Minister Imran Khan visited the construction site on Wednesday where he was briefed about the project. In his speech, the premier regretted previous governments’ short-sightedness, saying China has over 80,000 dams including 5,000 big dams, whereas this will be only the third big dam in Pakistan.
This [Diamer Bhasha Dam] will be our third big dam. China already has around 5,000 big dams and a total of about 80,000 dams. From this, you can gauge the massive mistakes we have made in the past. Unfortunately, the previous rulers took decisions on a short-term basis and focused on completing the projects just ahead of the elections.
The dam’s 6.4 MAF (million-acre feet) water will irrigate 1.2 million acres of agricultural land. In addition to creating 16,000 jobs, the dam will generate 4,500 MW of affordable, environmentally-friendly electricity.
Following his visit, hashtag #SindhRejectsBhashaDam is trending on Twitter as the people of Sindh voice their concerns on the building of another big dam on River Indus. Here’s what the people are saying about the subject:
— Aqsa Kinjhar Leela Jamali (@AqsaLeelaJamali) July 16, 2020
We Sindhi nation will never agrees to build a dam on indus river. This river is a mother of all rivers of Pakistan and many of the farmers are fully dependent on this river.#SindhRejectsBhashaDam pic.twitter.com/2hDhKR46cP
— Mustafa Baladi (@iMustafaBaladi) July 16, 2020
After the rejection of 3 provinces just to irritate n hurt the feelings of a single province that generates most of the income n adds to national exchequer, a controversial Dam construction is kicked off on mighty #Indus to conspire against #Sindh pic.twitter.com/7USTrBqHhh
— Natasha Solangi (@natashasolangi) July 16, 2020
No #dam, #barrage or Canal could be built without consent of #Sindh under #Sindh-Punjab water accord. But even dam is being built in #upper reaches of Indus which is not only unlawful but #environmentally hazardous.
— Barrister Zamir Ghumro (@zamirghumro) July 16, 2020
— Anum Talpur (@Anumtalpur) July 16, 2020
Sindh will never accept further any dams or cut on indus
Most of Sindh’s economy is dependent on agriculture & a large part of that economy which is already stands destroyed due to water lack & mismanagement of the government’s agriculture policies.#SindhRejectsBhashaDam
— Imtiaz Samoo (@ImtiazSamoo) July 16, 2020
— Hosh Muhammad (@HoshMohammad12) July 16, 2020
India has raised objections on Diamer Bhasha Dam Construction, Connect the dots now, Zardari lot has been opposing the construction of dams to please the Modi regime.#CPEC
— Maryam Yousafzai (@Maryam_ysfzai) July 16, 2020
@BBhuttoZardari look what you have done to Thar & now opposing this dam, the key of our prosperity. The children are starving and you are busy in pleasing our enemies.#SindhRejectsBhashaDam pic.twitter.com/eiRpScXhUP
— Maliha Afzal (@Miho_Afzal) July 16, 2020
Federal Govt has proved that they do not care about Sindh, they merely benefit Panjab.#SindhRejectsBhashaDam
— Shabi Jatoi – Indulgent Jatoi (@JatoiMaula) July 16, 2020
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