The Kalabagh Dam , a proposed hydroelectric dam on the Indus River 

The Kalabagh Dam , is a proposed hydroelectric dam on the Indus River at Kalabagh in the Mianwali District, Punjab, Pakistan. Seriously discussed, whenever built the dam produce 3,600 MW of power; nonetheless, the more noteworthy advantages is handle the “extreme water emergencies” in the country Pakistan Economy Watch has requested a national discussion on the KBD issue.


After the development of Tarbela Dam, Kalabagh turned into the most elevated need dam project.In 1979, the legislature acquired an allow of $25 million from the UNDP for its readiness, nitty gritty plan and attainability. Pakistan originally moved toward the Soviet Union for financing help, yet because of stressed relations with Afghanistan (a Soviet partner), this demand was denied.

The administration at that point moved toward the World Bank, which consented to fund the undertaking. Now in Pakistan’s history, past dam undertakings such as Mangla (under Ayub Khan) and Tarbela (under Zulfikar Ali Bhutto) never confronted any opposition. Even Kalabagh was affirmed by the Central Development Working Party, without dispute.

Kala bagh dam
Kala bagh dam


The issue of Kalabagh began to wind up politicized after the execution of the previous Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, an exceptionally well known pioneer from the downstream territory of Sindh. Adding to the debate, was the quarrel between Zia-ul-Haq and his very own NWFP governor Fazle Haq, which in the end hauled in the Awami National Partyinto the restricting camp. Because of specific infringement of the Indus Accord by the Punjab province, reservations in Sindh developed against the task, whose populace and political pioneers currently painted it as a trick.

Regardless of the political barriers, the World Bank and remote specialists proceeded with their work on Kalabagh, over a time of ten years, up to 1986 when the task was at long last put on hold. The doubts of the Sindhis became after Benazir Bhutto’s government was rejected in support of Nawaz Sharif (from Punjab.)

There is banter on whether Benazir favored the Kalabagh project. Pir Pagar has guaranteed the dam was initially brought about by her dad, and that Benazir had assigned assets for it. Others like Sharjeel Memon have guaranteed Benazir was against its development.

Kala bagh dam
Kala bagh dam

In December 2004, Pervez Musharraf announced that he would re-start the Kalabagh task to serve the bigger enthusiasm of Pakistan. Be that as it may, on 26 May 2008, the Federal Minister for Water and Power of Pakistan, Raja Pervez Ashraf, said that the “Kalabagh Dam would not be developed” and that the venture had been dropped because of “restriction from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and different partners, the undertaking was no longer feasible”.

In 2010 after the most exceedingly awful floods in Pakistani history, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Yousaf Raza Gilani, expressed flood harm would be limited if the Kalabagh Dam were fabricated.

KIRC, a NGO concentrating on inclusion of the Kashmir strife has affirmed that the resistance against the development of Kalabagh has been bolstered by outside knowledge offices, as an approach to debilitate the territory of Pakistan.

Contentions Supporting Construction

An examination supported by NUST University in 2014, inferred that building Kalabagh would offer the accompanying advantages: (1) Annual investment funds of $4 billion in vitality costs (2) Saving Rs. 132 billion because of water system advantages and (3) Prevent flood-misfortune harm, for example, the $45 billion misfortune endured in late floods at the time the investigation was published.

The examine assessed that the general advantages of Kalabagh would give Rs. 20 billion consistently, and in this manner the expense of development would be reimbursed inside 8– 9 years. In addition, as indicated by the examination, the negative results of not building Kalabagh are as per the following: (1) Economic destabilization because of nourishment deficiency, (2) “Genuine drop” in horticultural generation, (3) Rise in between common disagreements about water, (4) Additional expense of bringing in vitality, (5) Prohibitive expense of power for the normal shopper and (6) Effects on industry and agribusiness because of rising power costs.

Kala bagh dam
Kala bagh dam

Bashir A. Malik, previous boss specialized consultant to the United Nations and World Bank, stated, “Sindh and Pakhtunkhwah would progress toward becoming dry season regions in the years to come if Kalabagh Dam was not built.” At a similar time, previous KP Chief Minister Shamsul Mulk has expressed that the “Kalabagh Dam would be useful in eradicating destitution from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, as it would flood 800,000 sections of land of cultivable land that is found 100– 150 feet over the dimension of River Indus.

“The Kalabagh Dam would give 6.5 million section of land feet of water to develop seven million sections of land of as of now fruitless land notwithstanding the 3,600 megawatts (4,800,000 hp) of power it would provide. In reaction to the push towards side-covering Kalabagh out and out for the adversary Basha Dam venture, Engineer Anwer Khurshid expressed that “Basha Dam is not a viable replacement for Kalabagh Dam, not on account of its height, which is sufficiently high, but since no water system waterways can be taken out from it as a result of the uneven landscape.”

Specialists who upheld the development of the Kalabagh Dam at the 2012 “Spare Water Save Pakistan” Forum included: Dr Salman Shah, previous Finance Minister of Pakistan; Abdul Majeed Khan, TECH Society president; Shafqat Masood, previous IRSA executive; Qayyum Nizami, previous Minister of State; Prof Abdul Qayyum Qureshi, previous Vice-Chancellor of Islamia University, Bahawalpur; Dr Muhammad Sadiq, horticultural researcher; M Saeed Khan, previous GM of Kalabagh Dam Project; Engr. Mahmudur Rehman Chughtai, Mansoor Ahmed, previous MD of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission Foundation, M. Zubair Sheik and Jameel Gishkori, among others.

Kala bagh dam
Kala bagh dam

The members of Save Water Save Pakistan demanded the development of five dams, including the Munda Dam, Kurram Tangi Dam, Akhori Dam and the Kalabagh Dam, at by 2025 at the most recent to store water and produce power to satisfy need.

At first when the task was being imagined, designing investigations directed by an autonomous Panel of Experts were additionally comprised by the World Bank, to logically survey the advisors work and to instruct them. Members regarding this board were prominent world specialists and were drawn from various nations. Extra pros were welcomed for giving their perspectives on chose themes, where required.

A free survey board was likewise comprised by the Government of Pakistan, comprising of famous Pakistani specialists to audit the Project Planning Report. Among them were Engr. Manzoor Ahmed Sheik, Engr. Asghar Ali Abidi and Engr. Shah Nawaz Khan. This board likewise concurred with the finishes of the Report and bolstered its suggestions.

Resistance to Kalabagh

Kalabagh dam is restricted by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa based ideological groups, for example, ANP and JUI(F). and Sindh. The government every once in a while endeavors to frame an accord on the issue. The previous pioneer of the resistance in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah showed complaint to the site of Kalabagh Dam and said its a risk to little provinces.

The previous Chief Minister of KPK Pervez Khattak said that the KBD is against the interests of KP. Awami National Party has contradicted the development and site of KBD. Sustainable Development Policy Institute, a NGO, distributed a contextual analysis on Kalabagh dam in 1999, principally contending against the natural and dislodging effect of building huge dams. Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) previous chief Altaf Hussain conditionally bolstered the Kalabagh dam and said that administration should address the reservations of Sindhis before its development