Voices in the Punjab Assembly have been raised in support of the Kalabagh Dam. Treasury legislators on Friday called on Prime Minister Gilani to announce the immediate commencement of its construction. It should be realized that while the KBD is essential, it alone cannot end the loadshedding crisis. For that it is necessary to develop all energy resources: hydel, wind, solar power and coal. Kalabagh will also store water and act as a flood control mechanism, no mean advantage in a country that experiences flooding annually in its river system.
The Punjab government can put no finer feather in its cap than to begin its construction, and show that it has more concern for the people’ miseries than the federal government, which is holding up the project merely because of a narrow interest within its ruling party and a coalition partner. The voices coming forth during the budget debate should move the provincial government to act forcefully and decisively.