If Kalabagh dam was the first dam being built one could understand the apprehensions about it, but with two dams already in operation with a proven track record, it is difficult to understand the opposition to Kalabagh dam except for purely political reasons. Mangla dam was built to compensate for the loss of the three eastern rivers and it brought about a green revolution in the country. By trapping the surplus flows in the Indus Tarbela dam increased canal supplies by 25 percent. Sindh got an additional 7 million acre feet of water with which it was able to cultivate 27 lakh additional acres. Kalabagh dam will give another 2.2 maf to Sindh which it cannot get from anywhere else.
Lahore, August 7.