REFERENCE THE talks of alternative energy solutions to reduce load shedding. I was thinking that, will solar energy or even wind energy by itself revive half the industry of the country which is shutdown and fleeing the country? We need mega quantities of power which only mega dams can give in the long run. Alternate means of energy and even Thar coal will not give us the required quantity of water for irrigation. Shortage of power has blinded us to the bigger problem of shortage of water which is causing severe food inflation. 12 of the 18 crore people are spending all their income on purchase of food. This has pushed 8 crore people below the poverty line compared to 5 crore in 2008. 11 crore people have been reduced to less than two meals a day. Agriculture is the backbone of Pakistans economy providing livelihood directly to 70 per cent of the rural population and earning 60 per cent of the export revenues. We will ignore it only at our own peril.
Engr Khurshid Anwer

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