India mulling building 250 dams over Chenab
LAHORE: The Prime Minster of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Attique Ahmad Khan has said that India is planning to construct about 250 small and mega dams over river Chenab that would aggravate water situation.
"If the inflows in the rivers continue to decline, people in the cities like Lahore and Karachi may face the rationing of water in near future."
The AJK Prime Minister was speaking at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday. LCCI President Shahzad Ali Malik, Senior Vice President Sheikh Mohammad Arshad and Vice President Sohail Azhar also spoke on the occasion. Sardar Attique Ahmad Khan said that Azad Jammu and Kashmir had hydel power potential of 18,000 megawatt which needs to be harnessed. He said that after upraising of Mangla dam, work on the construction of 1000 megawatt NeelumJhelum Valley Hydel Power Project has been initiated. He said that some 301 points on the water channels in Azad Kashmir had been identified for the generation of hydel power while work was in progress at 26 locations.
Extending an olive branch to the outer world, he said that conflict had never been a solution of problems. Only negotiations can bring peace to the region. He invited the Lahore business community to invest in Azad Jammu and Kashmir as the state government was committed to facilitate the local and foreign investors.
He said that the Azad Jammu and Kashmir had inherent economic potential to cater to the needs of entire South Asia. He said that his proposal to convert Line of Control into functional Line of Commerce has started giving rich divi- dends and hoped that such an activity would help bring down tempers in the region. He said that there was huge potential in the fields of religious tourism, medicinal herbs and timber. He said that his government has designed such an investment protection policy which will promote international investment in AJK.
Sardar Attique Ahmad Khan said that economic revolution would be brought into Azad Jammu & Kashmir through public private partnership. He said that the present AJK government will bring positive economic changes through investment on large scale. Due to this, economy of AJK will progress and people will also become prosperous.
The LCCI President said that an LCCI delegation would soon visit Azad Jammu and Kashmir with an objective of further strengthening the existing trade relations. -App