Tag Archives: Indus river

Why Pakistan Cannot Develop its Inland Water Transport System

The Indus River, its five tributaries and an established canal system provide a potential of a 30,000-kilometer corridor for inland water transport. According to the Asian Development Bank, one liter of fuel moves 24 tons through one kilometer on the road, 95 on the rail, and 215 kilometers on water. The cost of developing waterways is 80% lower than the cost of constructing motorway highways with negligible annual maintenance costs. And still Pakistan is not exploiting this natural resource.

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Politicization of Water Resources–I

Water scarcity has emerged as a highly critical and contentious issue in South Asia in the age of Climate Change. River water supply will increase in the short-term but this will only last as long as the glaciers do. Asia cannot rely on increased run-off being a long-lasting phenomenon. Changing rainfall patterns are expected to further exacerbate dwindling freshwater sources.

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The Politics of Water

Corruption, terrorism, nepotism and flight of capital are important challenges, which Pakistan is facing. However, the water issue needs to be tackled with the utmost diligence and commitment by our government.

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View from India: Dams Pakistan Will Build…

It is a cause for concern that Pakistan has requested China to provide water security as a part of CPEC. This is strategic, given the worsening Pak-India ties. However, India needs to be watchful, writes one former General of Indian Army.

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Climate Change: Indus’ Palla Fish Spawning Grounds Vanishing

Pakistan is losing a living heritage, as climate change and dams upstream have led to lack of enough water in the Indus for the famous Palla fish to swim upstream and spawn.

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