Pakistan Losses 90% of Water in Rivers Each Year Due to Lack of Dams

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Water situation in the country is becoming worse than it seems, our rivers are now drying and one of main reasons for this is a large number of dams built by India on rivers coming to Pakistan. But if I blame India for worsening water condition in Pakistan it will be very unfair and here is how. There are seasons when our rivers are full of water, all our big dams like Mangla, Tarbaila and other smaller ones are full of water, this is time to store all the water for bad times. But what happens is all the access water goes to the ocean due to less storage or in other words due to less dams are available.

River in PakistanEven our biggest dams Mangla and Tarbaila have been loosing their storage capacity due to being filled by dirt and the necessary cleaning was not performed on them. I can safely say that Mangla and Tarbaila which were built in 60s and 70s have lost their capacity by more than 50 percent.

The number one priority of Pakistani governments right now must be to build more and more water storage facilities. As in peak rainy seasons like monsoon we loose too much water which goes into ocean. Our minister for Water and Power recently claimed that Pakistan looses 90% of total water in its rives, which goes on to the Arabian Sea, due to lack of dams.

There are potential projects like Kalabagh Dam, which are very much feasible and can change the fate of whole nation. But they are facing delay for political reasons. Many feasibility studies around the Kalabagh Dam suggest that it is very much feasible and will be no harm to anyone, but only for reason that all provincial government were unable to come on consensus about Kalabagh dam being built, this project is not coming to life.

Water situation is worse than ever right now for Pakistan, in past it was real easy to get away without those dams, as India also had not built dams on some of rivers coming to Pakistan. But now they are building dams with good speed on all the rivers, means they will have more control over the water. They will only open water gates when water will be enough and will be more than their needs. And in current situation a very big chunk of that water will go on to Arabian Sea.

Also, with more dams, India can cause catastrophe like a flood, by opening the water gates of more than one dams, in times of tension between two countries. On same time if Pakistan have enough water reservoirs and dams available, that flood causing will not be so easy.

Finally, we need to plan many projects of water dams on emergency basis. Not only they will keep the necessary supply of water available all over the year, it will help Pakistan meet its energy needs by putting the power turbines on those dams. Also scenarios like the one discussed above, India causing artificial floods in Pakistan will not be possible or will be less likely. Above all we will be able to store some more of that 90% water that goes to waste every year in peak rainy season and later we feel the need the same. Even underground water level will improve with more water stored on surface.

Electricity load shedding situation brought under control says Minister for Water and Power

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The Pakistani minister for water and power Naveed Qamar told the media last night that they have to some extent controlled the load shedding situation and the production is brought to 12400 Megawatts (MW) from the 9000 MW which was being produced before. By the way, does someone did not told minister that the production was down to just 7500 MW, same thing had caused the worst short fall of history.

Minister Naveed Qamar also claimed that the production will be back to 14000 MW within next 48 hours. I personally doubt that, as about same is the requirement of country’s power requirement, considering the load shedding which had been there from long time without any pauses, you can tell that the full of required power’s amount had not been produced from long time. So how suddenly the minister can claim that they will suddenly be producing the full amount of required electricity.

If they do succeed in that, then why after people woke up and came up with protests. Why it did not happened. By the way the production capability of much more than 14000 MW is already there in Pakistan, according to government’s own released documents Pakistan have capability of producing 19500 MW. Then why just the one third of required electricity amount was being generated.

As government came up with excuses like supply of Oil to power plants and circular dept. If we see closely the issues are just the same but thing to understand here is that these problems are produced by government itself or just by their mismanagement. The oil provider PSO is government entity, as well as the biggest defaulters of PEPCO are also government entities like province governments themselves, which contribute to circular dept. So if government would have been serious or competent enough, they must have took steps to improve the communication between its departments like PSO and PEPCO  as well as its water management authorities. Secondly, they would have taken the steps to perform the recoveries from the big fishes like departments of government itself to improve the circular dept situation.

If communication between these departments would have been better than, PSO never would have stopped the oil supply triggering the worst load shedding of history, also water authorities would have released the enough water when it was required by the PEPCO’s production entities. By the way if government would have coped with the circular dept situation on time then none of those problems would have been there.

Lets see if government still gets able to produce the required 14000 MW for now but to me this claim by Naveed Qamar the minister seems like just the empty claim, like the ones which have been coming from same government in 2009, then 2010.

Bottom line, without addition of new power production plants, still Pakistan have capability to produce much more electrical power than required one, if some problems are there, they are just on managerial level and are only due to the incompetence of authorities. Pakistani people deserve to be given the uninterrupted electrical power, which this government is not being able to provide but they better do something about it soon.

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City-wise service quality of different cellular networks of Pakistan

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PTA previously conducted a survey of service quality of different cellular networks in different cities. This survey checked the service in terms of different factors which include service availability, service retain-ability and speech quality. This was a great effort by PTA in order to protect consumer rights, the standards were set against each factor which must be followed by telecommunication companies and finally to let consumers know about current situation of services city-wise results were posted on PTA’s official website few days ago.

We have grabbed them in order to let more people know about it, see following results prepared and published by Pakistan Telecommunications Authority.

City-wise Cellular networks Service quality in Pakistan (Image Credit: PTA)

Such measures show that the regulatory authorities like PTA are doing their job well, and in interest of people of Pakistan.

Darkness follows the nation, administration unable to fulfill promises

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31st Dec 2009 was the third deadline given by ruling party in order to finish off the electricity load shedding from the nation once and for all. But few statements from the officials and on going load shedding in winter seasons when the electricity usage is very less in compared to the summer made it clear that current ruling party would unfortunately will not be able to do it.

One thing this country kept seeing right from beginning to date is unfulfilled promises. Current ruling party who claim to have vision to change things and put the country on the way of economic growth have been in government many times but unfortunately they have not been able to tackle with small internal issues.

Its just three days to their deadline and the low electricity usage season, but they have not been able to do it this time as well. I hope they will not embarrass themselves once again by giving another deadline for this. Up till when people of Pakistan will be becoming the fools by the hand of wrong people in power. When do we will realize who is right and who is wrong, when will we choose the right people to be in power.

We do not have the need to go for any specific political party but have to realize who have done what for country when they were in power last time while we vote next time. God Bless Pakistan!

The dark age continues, Govt still says, lights ahead

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In 2008 first time the ruling party had claimed that the load shedding will be taken away from the people of Pakistan once and for all on 31st Dec, 2008.  But they didn’t make it, in fact they were not able to bring any improvement. The things were better before, as compared to their rule.

Dark Age Continues

Soon after the ruling party changed their statements, probably they would have checked and planned on back-end, they came up saying the issue of power shortage will be resolved till the June 2009 and the people would have to bare with them. This time this seem to bit realistic and people thought, ok believe them.

But again, as history repeats itself, ruling party was unable to fulfill the promise this time again. But you know what, after letting them down about two times only on this issue our brave leaders came up again with a third promise to cope with power shortage till end of 2009. Actually, according to them it was 31st Dec, 09.

Now its already mid October and ruling party is left with just 2 and half months to fulfill their promise but people of this country observing the load shedding of 6-8 hours in all major cities and even more in the rural areas. Now this thing requires a bigger imagination about how government is going to fulfill their promise in just two and half months.

Other nations have built the space stations and we are not getting able to cope with the basic problems like electricity shortage on national level.

The question is, will the leading party be able to fulfill their promise this time or will always keep telling us to bare with them, showing the public the imaginary lights coming up in their way. Special thing about these special lights is that they move further away from you as soon as you move towards them.