Pakistan’s water crisis is finally being given a certain amount of attention by local folks – albeit, not enough. Experts have claimed that the country will run dry by 2025.
As we all know, water scarcity is a massive threat to the country. People are desperate to find a solution. Amongst the many discussions, the issue regarding the construction of the Kalabagh Dam has come up numerous times as well.
The awaam is desperate to save water and people are giving their two cents all over the internet about the Kalabagh Dam.
No one can deny importance and utility of Kalabagh Dam, but what also needs to be understood is that it is a controversial project. Unless all the provinces agree on it, it cannot to be built.
Way forward is to work on other dams, while trying to create consensus on KBD.
— Pakistan Water Crisis (@PakWaterCrisis) June 3, 2018
The plan of action now is for everyone to be on common grounds with the construction because “united we stand, divided we fall”. The awaam that’s in favor of the construction of Kalabagh Dam has already tried to take the matter into their own hands, through an online campaign.
Recently, a hashtag starting trending on Twitter which is #ICanDonate1000RsforKalabaghDam.
This hashtag has more to do with people uniting to pitch in money for the infamous Kalabagh Dam. A message went viral over the internet, asking for online donations from Pakistani citizens for its construction.
— sadaf786 (@sadafrafique789) June 7, 2018
That’s basic math, eh? All you have to do is multiply a 1000 rupees with a roaring population of 22 crores and voila! You have a certain budget for building a dam. This does show how concerned Pakistani citizens are about the water crisis. But is it feasible? Whatever the case is, people are giving mixed reactions.
Some people think it’s a huge turn in history to have a dam constructed through online donations.
We could as a country make history by building a dam from public donation without the need for loans. Spread the new hash tag if ur willing to donate for kala bagh dam #IcanDonate1000RsForKalabaghDam
So i have heard! And i shall if its true! #SaveWaterforPak
— Abdullah Jamil (@AbdullaFory987) June 9, 2018
Some people don’t really have a choice, but to be hopeful.
~Justice delayed is justice denied…!!
But still I stand with him till he won't prove himself like previous ones! Make big decisions sir. The whole nation is with you. What are you waiting for?
Time waits for none. You still have 6 months. #SaqibNisar#WeStandWithChiefJustice pic.twitter.com/DZxgBxLURB
— Hafsa Shafiq (@Shafique_Hafsa) June 10, 2018
Then you have people who are more enthusiastic than everybody else.
I can. And i will donate more then 1000. InshAllah#IcanDonate1000RsForKalabaghDam
— Muhammad Zubair Ali ?? (@ZubairAli422) June 8, 2018
Some are conducting polls to get votes.
Pakistan's security is directly related to water. To save the country and its inhabitants. To save the our future generation. #IcanDonate1000RsForKalabaghDam Will YOU? Retweet!! #WaterCrisis #Pakistan
— Behrouz Baloch (@BehrouzBaloch) June 8, 2018
According to which, we have more voters in favor of the online donation campaign! I mean, only 28 votes. But still.
Then, there are those who oppose the idea of the Kalabagh Dam altogether.
I oppose Kalabagh Dam because 3 elected provincial assemblies of Sindh,KPK and Balochistan passed 10 resolutions against this controversial project if it is treason I will commit again n again hang me and hang 3 provinces if you can if you can't then concentrate on smaller dams https://t.co/UIdpfSsks5
— Hamid Mir (@HamidMirPAK) June 9, 2018
Some people agree that there are better projects to work on than the Kalabagh Dam.
I don’t know why we can’t focus on building other dams like katzarah dam, akhori dam or diamerbasha dam and alot of other dams https://t.co/LThHmZFqc6
— Salman Jan (@salman_jan11) June 9, 2018
— X2?? (@Scarmanga69X2) June 3, 2018
As for some people, the matter is indisputable.
Those dreaming of Punjab dominance over other federating units are doing no service to the county, We would not allow construction of Kalabagh dam come what may.
— Asfandyar Wali Khan (@AsfandyarKWali) June 8, 2018
And, of course, others think that the online donations could be a scam to rob them off of their money.
In the next few days, we might see scammers looting money in the name of 'Donations for Kala Bagh Dam', be careful Pakistanis! #KalaBaghDam
— Hafiz Amanullah (@HafizAmanullah) June 10, 2018
Let’s see where this takes us. It would be a huge event in Pakistan’s history if a dam is built with online donations by its citizens. What do you think about this whole idea? Let us know in the comments section!
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